Do you knead a hand with healthy eating?

Pupils at Swansfield Primary School making bread with Ian Parsons, Tony Binks, Lucy Carroll and mayor Alan Symmonds.
Picture by Jane Coltman
Pupils at Swansfield Primary School making bread with Ian Parsons, Tony Binks, Lucy Carroll and mayor Alan Symmonds. Picture by Jane Coltman

Swansfield Park Primary School in Alnwick hosted a bread-making session last week as it became the first school in north Northumberland to be adopted by The Adopt A School Trust.

Tony Binks, a renowned Northumberland chef and academician from The Royal Academy of Culinary Arts, delivered the session to 12 pupils as part of National Adopt a School week.

The session in Alnwick is hopefully the first of many to be held in the county as there are plans for a pilot Northumberland food project for 2017.

Lucy Carroll, the North East representative for The Adopt A School Trust, said: “We are really excited to have begun our pilot project for Northumberland with the adoption of Swansfield Primary Park School. The funding from CCS (Continental Chef Suppliers) enabled this week to happen, together with chef Tony Binks giving his time.

“Our aim is to teach children in a holistic way – about food, cookery, food provenance, food growing, healthy eating, nutrition, hygiene, table etiquette and the importance of eating together.

“We are recruiting volunteers to train and help us achieve the aim and we need to hear from as many people as possible who would be able to help us, including chefs, skilled cooks, amateur cooks and bakers.

“Please contact Lucy Carroll lucy@heritage-potatoes.co.uk Full training will be given and resources will be provided.”

Headteacher Jenny Smith said: “We are so happy to be adopted by The Adopt A School Trust and for us to have the benefit of a skilled chef to teach the children about bread making is just wonderful.”

The session in Alnwick was also attended by Mayor Alan Symmonds, who said: “As a former headteacher, I know how important eating well can be to children’s education. If children are well fed they concentrate more and learn more.

“I am really excited about the Northumberland food project and I know there any many schools who will want to take the opportunity to participate.”