Whole school food policy Keeping Fit and Dieting

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					CAMDEN AND ISLINGTON HEALTHY SCHOOL PROGRAMME                                                    MAY 2006

                                    WHOLE SCHOOL FOOD POLICY


SECTION ONE - POLICY OVERVIEW

1. SCHOOL NAME:

PARLIAMENT HILL SCHOOL

2. DATE OF POLICY IMPLEMENTATION:

NOVEMBER 2006

3. DATE OF NEXT REVIEW:


Reviewed in the first instance February 2007 and then annually each November.
Review will take into consideration student/parents/staff/governors views/government guidelines/Camden
directives.
Progressed will be measured in an increased uptake of school meals and on going learning in lessons, with
results demonstrating good learning of healthy eating/lifestyles.

4. RESPONSIBILITY

 NAME OF STAFF MEMBER               RESPONSIBILITIES
 Claire Edis (Deputy Head Intern)   To ensure that the Healthy Schools Team monitor the school aim and
                                    policies and that strategies are designed to enable standards to be
                                    consistently applied throughout the school.
                                    The deputy head will oversee the implementation of the Policy and
                                    report to the Governors' Student Well-Being Committee.
                                    To oversee correct implementation and ongoing adherence to WSFP
                                    and procure funding for breakfast club; to oversee monitoring process.
 Alisa Johnson (Team Leader:        Policy writer and co-developer, organise consultation with parents,
 Pastoral and Curriculum Support    students, and day to day liaison between Caterlink and School; attend
 Team)                              Catering Review meetings; liaise between Staff Association and
                                    Caterlink , report to Governors, prepare visuals for school displays,
                                    liaise information to parents through ‘ParliNews’; liaise with Caterlink
                                    and Camden to ensure policies are adhered to and standards
                                    maintained. Camden to monitor half-termly and report findings to
                                    Caterlink. Caterlink to respond to findings and then report to school
                                    with Camden LA representation. Monitoring feedback from Staff
                                    Association and Student Council. Re-evaluate as necessary in line with
                                    government guidelines. Liaise with Home School Liaison team over
                                    Breakfast Club.
 Eleanor Harries (Head of           Policy co-developer, ensure schemes for KS3 and KS4 of work reflect
 PSCHE, Citizenship and RE)         needs of policy, organise student council, organise learning materials
                                    for PSHCE, produce assemblies, organise healthy eating campaigns,
                                    responsible for applying healthy eating opportunities/promotions/events
                                    from Camden
 Whole Staff                        We believe that the contribution of staff to the maintenance and
                                    improvement of the school ethos regarding food, drink, smoking and
                                    healthy living has an important effect on the conduct of the students.
                                    This is to be maintained on the school premises and its immediate
                                    surrounding and their commitment to achieving high standards in all
                                    aspects of promoting a healthy life.
 Chris Lindsay (Catering            Provide food in the canteen, for pupils at break, lunchtime and in the
 Manager, Caterlink)                staffroom for break time, and supplementary functions that adhere to
                                    the Caterlink Healthy Eating and Fresh Food Policy ensuring the
                                    Caterlink menu is followed and is of a consistently high standard.




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5. MISSION

            Policy                                  Example of how this relates to the WSFP
           Behaviour                    Use non-food as reward, except at seasonal times of the year such as
                                         Christmas.
                                        Anti-bullying section relating to lunch cards being fraudulently or taken
                                         from students.
                                        Early lunch passes to be used as a reward?
             PSHCE                      The aims of PSHCE schemes of work include developing healthy
                                         lifestyles
         Healthy Schools                Promoting and ensuring a whole school approach to health and
                                         education and ensuring National Healthy School Status is maintained.

    Equal Opportunity and               Vegetarians are catered for in the daily menus. Halal meat
          Inclusion                      requirements yet to be examined Feb 2007.
                                        To examine a policy with Caterlink on food allergies such as products
                                         containing peanuts.
                                        To look at potential content of food specified for those on special diets.
                                        Pupils with disabilities are adequately catered for in the dining hall
    Teaching and Learning               To include healthy eating and healthy lifestyles within the curriculum
                                         for Food Technology, PE, and Science.
    Supporting policies in              The policy supports the overall aim of the school striving to be a
            place                        healthy school and supports all pupils, staff and visitors in making
                                         lifelong healthy lifestyle choices, in line with current government
                                         guidelines and policies such as bullying and Every Child Matters.
                                        A packed lunch policy to be written by AJ in February 2007.
Work with partner agencies              On-going active partnership link with Gill Morris -Healthy Schools
                                         Programme Co-ordinator; Sarah Trowbridge, Food in Schools Co-
                                         ordinator, Camden; Amanda Tetteh – Client monitoring officer,
                                         Camden.


6. AIM


    ‘To promote the health and well-being of the whole school community through all aspects of food and
     nutrition, exercise and learning.

7. OBJECTIVES – WHAT WE WANT TO ACHIEVE?


         Promote the ‘5 a day’ campaign through posters and assemblies March 2007
         To ensure that consistent and appropriate messages regarding food and health are conveyed across
          the whole school day.
         To provide nutritional analysis of foods and identify nutritional content e.g. fibre/protein/carbohydrate.
          To be looked at through the Food Tech Dept. and by Caterlink based on government guidelines of
          acceptable levels of fat/calories/fibre/salt. April 2007
         Posters on dining room walls to explain fats/carbohydrates/proteins. January/February 2007
         Break time food to become healthier in line with the improvements seen at lunchtime. Jan 2007
         Students are encouraged to drink water instead of ‘juice drinks’ through drink options. Jan 2007
         Staff are also encouraged to eat healthier options which reinforces credibility of school lunches
          through visibility of staff in canteen.
         Increased uptake of school meals through FSM from current 38% towards a 45-50% goal.
         Increase of options available at break time for staff – subject to staff views at Staff Association.
          February 2007.
         To receive positive feedback on supplementary functions provided by Caterlink e.g. from parents’
          evenings and staff events.
         To receive positive feedback from parents and students on school food.
         Breakfast, break time and lunchtime meals to meet DfES standards. February 2007



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8. CONSULTATION AND DISSEMINATION


       Consultation with students through student council for student voice
       Consultation with staff through staff association for staff voice
       Consultation with parents through newsletter and website for parent voice
       Feedback from Catering Review meetings to staff through SA meetings
       Feedback from school council meetings to Caterlink and school
       Information will be accessible through ‘ParliNews’ and school website.
       Create an annual ‘review’ cycle for monitoring and feedback
       Policy to be available on staff-drive



SECTION TWO - HEALTHY SCHOOL ACTION PLAN


9. FOOD THROUGHOUT THE SCHOOL DAY

   Breakfast


Breakfast club currently once a week, to be extended to daily if funding can be secured.
Breakfasts are fresh, nutritious and healthy with an emphasis on fruit and dairy products and students
making their own smoothies.
Breakfast club will be a free service.
To promote the club to all students in years 7, 8 and 9. Could reach a potential 540 students with this
information. At present, catering for 30-60 students per week.

   Snacks (including tuck shop, vending)

Continue with policy on no vending machines throughout the school.
To only sell fresh snack products.
Always have portions of fresh fruit for sale in a prominent position.
Look at bringing in yoghurt based drinks instead of flavoured milk as no fizzy drinks will be served.
Juices sold to be natural and not ‘juice drinks’ which have added sugars.
Consult with staff/governors/students and parents on issuing guidelines on foods brought into school.
February 2007

   School meals

Caterlink at present follows a 4 week menu cycle. Currently the school meal is good with a dish comprising
of either pasta and rice with a sauce based addition; fresh steamed/boiled vegetables; pudding with custard
and drink for £2.00. Advertised with a weekly menu on the dining room notice board.
The dining room has a temporary feel to it as tables and chairs are set up every break and lunchtime. This is
necessary as the hall is also used for PE activities. New tables purchased that seat 12 for communal eating;
bright posters to be put up on walls explaining about fats/ carbohydrates and proteins. Caterlink to look at
providing extra posters.
New seating arrangements (table group of 12) to be reviewed. February 2007
Access to queuing for hot and cold stations is currently being reviewed.
Pupils eating packed lunch is approximately 15-20%
Big drive to promote free school meal entitlement. Currently standing at approximately 38% of our students
registering for FSM. Our overall target is 100% uptake of those eligible. However, realistically we are hoping
for 50% and will review this again in February 2007. Advertising the additional benefits to students and
parents to encourage take-up.




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    Packed lunches

 After consultation, the school to look at what do children bring in their packed lunch; establishing guidelines
 and/or rules concerning content of packed lunch; whether packed lunches can been checked as they are
 queuing to enter the dining hall/Morant hall.
 Looking into a packed lunch policy, based on feedback with school council and consultation with parents,
 staff, pupils and governors. February 2007



    After school clubs

 Children have been providing their own snacks for after school clubs. To be reviewed in line with packed
 lunch guidelines to come.

    Water provision

 Children have access to free, fresh, chilled drinking water which is through water fountains by the Morant
 Building, a water cooler in the Heath building.
 During the hotter spring/summer months students are allowed water bottles in classes and in appropriate
 classes e.g. not in a science laboratory. To be reviewed in the spring to see if all-year round access is more
 appropriate
 The students have access to water throughout the day.

    Healthy Events

 A whole school sports day in June/July with emphasis on keeping fit and eating healthily.


 10. MESSAGES GIVEN BY THE SCHOOL

    Curriculum


 Food and nutrition are taught in Food Technology and Science
 Other food/health related issues are also covered in PSHCE
 There is cross-curricular learning about healthy living in Science, PSHCE, PE and Food Technology
 Students are able to learn practical food skills in Food Technology
 All teachers have the necessary expertise and facilities in which to teach

    Events

Light refreshments are served at school events often hosted by the PHSA. The items for sale could be
reviewed under guidelines similar to packed lunch guidelines to come and will be consistent with all other food
provided. These guidelines to be communicated to PHSA to review their provision.


    Sponsorship

 The School does not currently receive sponsorship from food companies or use materials emblazoned with
 food logos.
 There are no vending machines in place anywhere in the school.



    Fundraising

There are currently some food-related events such as cake sales for charity. Healthy cooking could be
incorporated into this baking i.e. carrot cake. Any fundraising events held at the school or involving the school
will be underpinned by the WSFP and will not undermine the schools efforts to promote healthy lifestyle
choices.

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11. THE WHOLE SCHOOL COMMUNITY

   Children

Students are actively involved in becoming a healthy school by participating in questionnaires which have
been collected. The students are asked their opinions through school council meetings, food technology
options, a Year 9 ’Design a new pasta product’ project and regular meetings with Caterlink. If appropriate
their views are incorporated into the menus. An abridged, student-friendly version of this policy will be made
available to all students and teachers and will be broadcast through assemblies, posters and PSHCE
lessons. A page to be added to their organiser with Whole School Food Policy and Packed lunch food policy
(June 2007). Lunchtime supervisors report their views to the headteacher through the Catering Review
meetings.

   Staff

Staff views are gathered through Staff Association Meetings. Break time refreshments are changing
dramatically. All high fat, processed and high sugar foods to be removed. Instead, toast with preserves, fruit
salads, yogurts, paninis and soup will all be on offer as of mid-January Catering facilities for meetings/after
school events are ordered following a healthy balanced diet approach; fitness classes are organised through
PE, lunchtime walks organised by staff on the Heath. Team Leader of PSHCE and Administrative Team
Leader (who already liaises with Caterlink) to be key developers of the WSFP. Staff Association chairs to
feed back to staff existence of WSFP and its implications. Policy put onto staff shared drive on the network;
policy displayed on staff room notice board for consultation/feedback
Professional development opportunities for staff in relation to practical food education, diet, nutrition and food
hygiene and safety through Camden Inset if necessary.
Healthier options for Inset day/ twilight session.
School keepers to monitor rubbish collections to see if there is a reduction.

   Parents

Parents could be invited in during the autumn term for the new Year 7s to sample food from the canteen and
explain healthy eating guidelines for packed lunches. This could also be organised through Open Mornings/
and/or Parents’ Evenings/other key events for prospective students and as on going consultation with
parents. Feedback forms and taster sessions to be provided at such events.
Parents are currently involved in developing an ethos of school as a ‘health school’ through questionnaire
feedback.
Parents will be made aware of having Healthy School Status and a WSFP in our annual prospectus and on
the website. Any parent wishing to access this policy may request information from the school.

   Governors

The WSFP will be put before the Governors for approval, suggestions and modifications in line with school
regulations.

   Wider community

The wider community is not involved at the present. The healthy school programme team is involved helping
the school to achieve NHSS and also maintain the appropriate standards.




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