College served silver food accolade

Steve Small, Chartwells; Andrew Ponton, Assistant Principal Thurston Community College; Brian Turner; Chris Handley and Jack Ogilvie, students from Thurston Community College
Steve Small, Chartwells; Andrew Ponton, Assistant Principal Thurston Community College; Brian Turner; Chris Handley and Jack Ogilvie, students from Thurston Community College
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A PRESTIGIOUS accolade has been dished out to a college which transformed its food culture.

The Silver Food for Life Partnership Award was handed to Thurtson Community College by top chef Brian Turner at a ceremony in London.

The prize recognises the college’s range of locally sourced and organic items on its menu and efforts to serve meals on plates.

Pupils and parents are involved in planning improvements to school menus and pupils have the chance to visit a farm, cook and grow food.

Principal Helen Wilson said: “We’re immensely proud of our silver award. Students at Thurston know exactly where their food comes from. Understanding food is so important in the face of rising food-related health issues in this country.

“I’m confident that our students are equipped with the skills and knowledge to make healthy and climate-friendly food choices for years to come.”

The college is catered for by Chartwells, which has the Bronze Food for Life Catering Mark.

The Food for Life Partnership is a network of schools and communities across the country committed to transforming food culture.