Green fingered pupils at Ickworth Park Primary School have scooped a coveted silver award from the Food For Life Partnership recognising their focus on healthy meals which are prepared using fresh produce from their allotment.
Former school dinner lady Jeanette Orrey, who co-founded the Food For Life Partnership and inspired celebrity chef Jamie Oliver’s campaign to improve food in schools, presented the accolade, which also takes into account the school’s drive to teach children how to cook.
Headteacher Ann Morley said: “Our children grow many of their own vegetables at our allotment, so they are more adventurous in their food choices.
“If they have grown it, they will eat it! With the focus on healthy, freshly-prepared meals, our school dinner numbers are rising.
“In our experience, pupils are ready to learn during the afternoon if they have had a nutritious lunch. This has an effect on progress and attainment.”