Bronze award on the menu for village school

Green-fingered Thropton First School pupils Daisy Stobbart, Benjamin Rostron, Chloe Scott, Katie Barker, Harry Arkle and Katy Dixon in their allotment.
Green-fingered Thropton First School pupils Daisy Stobbart, Benjamin Rostron, Chloe Scott, Katie Barker, Harry Arkle and Katy Dixon in their allotment.

Success was on the menu for a village school after it was honoured for its focus on healthy grub.

Thropton Village First School scooped the Food for Life Partnership (FLP) Bronze Award for its healthy and climate-friendly food culture.

Headteacher Sue McLean said: “We are delighted with this accolade and are now steaming towards the silver award.”

As part of the bronze award scheme, the school has started serving seasonal school meals, with the majority freshly prepared by experienced school cook, Sharon Biggs.

The school also gives every pupil the opportunity to visit a farm, and cook and participate in food-growing activities during their time at school. Pupils and parents are also involved in making improvements to the school’s menu and dining experience.

Part of the new curriculum involves the development of a community allotment adjacent to the school.

Each class has a raised bed and area in the polytunnel where they grow fruit and vegetables to cook as part of their lessons. The school hopes to develop this into providing food for pupils’ lunches.

University evaluation of the FLP which was released in May showed that schools taking part in the programme were rated more highly by Ofsted.