Top accolade for five schools

Food for Life event at William Henry Smith School, Rastrick.
Food for Life event at William Henry Smith School, Rastrick.

Five Calderdale schools have transformed their food culture by serving healthy, fresh meals while providing pupils with the opportunity to cook, grow and visit farms.

The Food for Life Partnership is celebrating the work done by the schools at a special award ceremony held at William Henry Smith School, Rastrick.

The partnership’s programme manager Leon Ballin presented the schools with their gold, silver and bronze awards at the national programme’s award ceremony.

Head teacher at Ravenscliffe High School, Halifax, Martin Moorman, said after receiving the gold award, said: “Our school is committed to the Food for Life initiative and we believe the exciting and improved food experiences we have offered our students over the past year have made a massive difference in terms of their health, behaviour and ability to improve their learning. This was reflected most noticeably in November when the school received an ‘Outstanding’ in all areas from Ofsted.”

William Henry Smith School’s Business Manager, Caroline Booth was delighted to receive the Silver award. “This award recognises the considerable efforts made by the whole school to understand where their food comes from; all the meat is from Yorkshire farms, we only use organic milk, we grow vegetables and cook with them as well as eggs from our own farm. Food is at the top of everyone’s agenda and hosting the Award ceremony is an added bonus. We are now looking forward to working towards our gold.”