WHOLE SCHOOL FOOD POLICY (K Findlay, March 2007)
Review Date: March 2009
Ethos of our school
Saddleworth School is committed to encouraging high academic and personal achievements.
We believe that every student has the right to be secure, happy and successful and we strive
to ensure this.
We are committed to realising these aims by:
Providing a caring and well ordered environment in school where teachers and
students can work co-operatively in a climate of mutual respect.
Identify individual talents and needs, and providing for maximum development of
Developing the ability, in all children, to make balanced judgments, to evaluate, reject
and decide for themselves.
Encouraging parental interest and support in their child’s progress.
Recognising the needs and expectations of the community at large and establishing
links with local industry and employers.
Creating a pleasant, satisfying and productive working environment.
Providing opportunities for the personal development of staff.
Providing a broad and a balanced curriculum which promotes the spiritual, moral,
cultural, intellectual and physical development of students, as well as preparing them
for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life.
Importance of Healthy Eating
Diet is central to health and children’s diet can be an important influence on their health now
and in the future. We know that a good in childhood can help protect against chronic disease
in later life. International research shows that diets rich in fruit and vegetables are protective
against cardiovascular disease including heart disease and stroke. Poorly nourished
children, especially those who are overweight or obese often experience social and
psychological problems. This can clearly have a significant impact on behaviour and
performance in school.
Consultation with pupils, parents, school staff and governors is important to ensure that all
parties buy into the whole school food policy. An important part of the consultation is helping
people identify benefits of a food policy. A lead person has been appointed to set up the
consultation process. An audit of food and drink issues within the school has been carried
out identifying the issues which need tackling. (See Action Plan attached).
The target audience is the whole school community. This includes pupils, staff, governors,
parents or carers, relevant visitors and other groups of people using the school premises and
working with Saddleworth pupils.
Disseminating the Whole School Food Policy to our school community
We will ensure our school community, (pupils, parents, staff, visitors, etc.,) has access to our
agreed whole school food policy and can discuss its contents with members of the school
staff or governing body.
Aim of the Whole School Food Policy
To ensure that all aspects of food and nutrition promote health and well being of pupils, staff
and visitors to our school. This policy takes into account local and national guidance
including the White Paper: Choosing Health: Making Healthier Choices Easier, Healthy
Living Blueprint, Every Child Matter: Being Healthy and the objectives of the Local Area
Agreement in relation to reducing obesity and the National Healthy Schools Standards:
Healthy Eating theme.
Objectives of the whole school food policy
1 To ensure consistent messages about food across the curriculum and throughout the
2 To enable pupils to make informed choices about food.
3 To have a positive impact towards the physical development of all members of our
Action to meet objectives
1 We will consult pupils, parents and staff, in guiding food policy and practice in school.
2 We will seek advice and support from external agencies to develop our policy.
3 We have reviewed our dining environment to encourage the positive social interaction
during mealtimes of pupils and staff within our school. We already encourage staff to be
positive role models to eat healthily where they can be observed by pupils.
4 We ensure that healthier food and drink options are available and promoted. We work
with food providers and parents to ensure that meals, packed lunches, tuck shops and
vending machines, where applicable, are nutritious and healthy and meet the
government’s food-based standards for school lunches (2006).
5 We ensure that pupils’ menus and food choices are monitored periodically.
6 We ensure pupils have the opportunity to learn about food and nutrition as part of the
7 We ensure that pupils and staff have easy access to free, clean, fresh drinking water.
Out whole school food policy covers the following areas:
Our school promotes the value of breakfast and encourages every pupil to have breakfast at
the start of the day to ensure they are alert and ready to learn.
Our school encourages healthy nutritious sugar free food and drink at break time.
Our school meals meet the latest DfES guidance on improving school meals and follow the
food based requirements for school lunches. Our school will ensure systems are in place to
monitor the quality of the meals and the consumption and waste issues.
Our school encourages parents to provide nutritious packed lunches base don the Balance
of Good Health by providing foods low in fat, sugar and salt.
Access to water is a fundamental human right and necessary for good health. Children
should drink water regularly during the school day. However there are rooms where it is not
appropriate to drink for Health & Safety reasons. Water is allowed at the discretion of staff.
Water dispensers are situated in the canteen and fast food area.
Food or drink provide don trips conforms to the latest DfES/Department of Health guidance
and is consistent with the whole school food policy.
Our school recognises the importance of acknowledging achievement of pupils. Our school
does not reward pupils with sweets or food treats, except at the end of term where sweets as
a food treat are part of a traditional festival.
Our school ensure that our vending machines, located in the PE department, offers a range
of food and drinks that comply with the School Food Trust Standards and supports the whole
school food policy.
Dining Room Environment
Our school has adopted strategies to improve the current dining room environment. We
consult with pupils and develop an environment which encourages social interaction. We
have decorated and sited signage into the dining room and introduced a cashless system for
the payment of meals.
Food in the Curriculum
Our school promotes healthy eating by working with pupils to learn about food in the context
of a healthy diet and healthy lifestyle making pupils are of the variety of foods including foods
from other cultures. Pupils will develop skills in planning, budgeting and preparing a diet to
achieve the Balance of Good Health as well as basic food hygiene and food safety practices.
Teachers who teach food as part of the curriculum are given the opportunity to attend
appropriate training and have access to resources to keep their skills and knowledge up to
All food preparation activities taking place in either a pre school setting, after school clubs or
school meals setting will be registered with the Food Safety section at Oldham Council. All
food handlers will be trained in food hygiene or supervised by a person trained in food
Food for Staff
The members of staff in our school are clear about the aims and objectives of the school
food policy. All staff have a duty to be good role models to pupils. All staff are encouraged
to adopt the whole school food policy during the school day.
Fund Raising Events
Fund raising is an important part of school life. All fund raising activities will consider the
importance of the whole school food policy. When possible the school will promote healthier
choices, however, in some circumstances this may not be possible.
Our school welcomes the views of the whole school community and we will deal with
complaints quickly and efficiently by following our complaints procedure. Copies are
available from school. We will comply with the mandatory standards and refer any
complainants to the Secretary of State for direction, should we not be able to resolve a
complaint about them.
Chair of Governors