Fresh, seasonal and local are school’s watchwords

Pictured with the award are, from the left, Sharon Leyden (cook), Alison Waldron (learning mentor), Val Eggleton (headteacher) and Cheryl Jefferys (catering manager)
Pictured with the award are, from the left, Sharon Leyden (cook), Alison Waldron (learning mentor), Val Eggleton (headteacher) and Cheryl Jefferys (catering manager)

Riverside Junior School, Hebden Bridge, has been awarded the Food for Life Partnership Bronze award for its healthy and climate-friendly food culture.

The school is working with the Food for Life Partnership to transform the school’s food culture and that of its local community, by connecting the children with climate-friendly and healthy food.

As part of the Bronze award scheme, Riverside Junior School were challenged to serve 75 per cent of school meals, to be seasonal and freshly prepared. However, the catering team led by Cheryl Jeffreys and cook Sharon Leyden exceeded all expectations and now serve 100 per cent of meal choices that are homemade from scratch using high quality raw ingredients that are unprocessed, locally sourced and where applicable, seasonal.

Val Eggleto, headteacher, said: “As a school, we want food to be an integral part of our community and culture and have introduced a ‘whole school approach’ to teach children to enjoy good quality, nutritious food. As part of our curriculum-wide approach to food, we are installing a new cooking area in school to provide children with an education in good food that will keep them going throughout their adult lives”.

Riverside Junior School Catering Service also provides daily school meals to four other local primary schools. If you would like to discuss the school meal service, contact Sarah Kaler, school business manager, by emailing admin@riverside.calderdale.sch.uk