Puriton Primary School Food Policy Introduction Puriton Primary School acknowledges that healthy eating is very important to school life as exemplified by its inclusion as part of National Healthy School Status (NHSS). Puriton Primary School aims to achieve NHSS in July 2007 All teachers have read this policy. A copy is available to staff and parents/guardians on request from the school office. A statement on the Whole School Food Policy is also to be found in the School Prospectus and on the school’s website. Rationale At Puriton Primary School we are committed to improving the health and well-being of our pupils and staff. We believe that promoting and establishing life-long healthy eating patterns in our pupils; educating our pupils about different types of food in the context of a balanced diet; and developing pupils’ skills in how to plan, budget, prepare and cook is essential to each pupil’s health and well-being as well as their intellectual abilities. This policy is a ‘stand alone’ policy in the school but it is not seen in isolation. This policy is inextricably linked to our other health-related policies including Somerset County Council’s Food Safety Policy, compliance with which confirms our school’s commitment to the highest standards of food safety. Other policies include Design & Technology, Health & Safety and PSHE and are integral to our school’s approach to a healthy lifestyle. Definition of a Whole School Food Policy Our Whole School Food Policy is a shared, evolving document for all stakeholders who interact with our school. It expresses a common vision of the ethos, status and role of all aspects of food and drink within our school. It covers all aspects of food and drink provision and education, including the formal curriculum, extra-curricular activities, school meals, packed lunches and food provided at the school other than school meals. It also covers pastoral care and welfare issues related to food and involvement of the school in national food-related initiatives and events. At the time of writing/revising this policy Puriton Primary School: Has hot meal provision. This service is provided by Somerset Catering Services. has a fruit tuck shop has easy access to free, clean, palatable drinking water for pupils Mrs Harris the Head Teacher is responsible for overseeing all aspects of food in the school. Aims At Puriton Primary School we work as a whole school community to achieve the following aims regarding food and drink throughout the whole school day. To set out a co-ordinated approach to food and drink throughout the school day; To communicate our shared vision, ethos and values on all aspects of food and drink in our school; To improve the health of pupils and staff by helping to influence their eating habits through increasing their knowledge and awareness of food issues, including what constitutes a healthy and balanced diet and hygienic food preparation and storage methods; To strive to ensure that pupils are well nourished at school by providing every pupil with access to safe, tasty and nutritious food and free, clean and palatable drinking water during the school day; To ensure that food and drink provision in the school reflects the ethical and medical requirements of staff and pupils (e.g. religious, medical, vegetarian and allergenic needs); To make the provision and consumption of food and drink an enjoyable and safe experience; To promote healthier eating practices to the wider school community and support and influence parents/guardians/pupils to follow healthier eating practices; To introduce and promote practices within the school that reinforce these aims and to remove or discourage practices that negate them. Objectives 1. To work to ensure that the following agencies are actively involved in developing and amending this policy and accept and embrace this policy: Governors School Management Teachers and support staff Pupils Parents/guardians 2. To integrate these aims into all aspects of school life, in particular: Food and drink provision within the school The curriculum Pastoral and social activities Extended school provision 2. FOOD TOPICS COVERED IN THE FORMAL SCHOOL CURRICULUM At Puriton Primary School we provide many opportunities for our pupils to learn about food. These include: Art Design and Technology Drama Literacy Geography History Information Technology Numeracy Modern foreign languages optional French club Music PSHE Physical Activity Science Heath/Global weeks Food topics are covered in the national curriculum frameworks for Science, Design and Technology, and Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE). 3. FOOD AND DRINK PROVISION WITHIN THE SCHOOL a. SCHOOL MEALS Puriton Primary School offers a daily lunchtime catering service to all its pupils. This is delivered by Somerset Catering Services who is responsible for providing a school meals service that meets the ‘Government Standards for School Food’ (including the new food-based standards for school lunches) Puriton Primary School provides each pupil who is entitled to a free school meal with a hot/cold meal from the school canteen each day. b. DIETARY REQUIREMENTS Puriton Primary School endeavours to identify the special dietary requirements (consider medical/allergenic/cultural/religious/ethical requirements) of our pupils and staff. In response to these dietary requirements we ensure that food and drink provision throughout the school day reflects these. Puriton Primary School welcomes the opportunity to work with parents/guardians and pupils to ensure any special dietary needs are met. c. PACKED LUNCHES At Puriton Primary School approximately 80% of our pupils bring a packed lunch into school. The Government’s new food-based standards for school lunches do not apply to food and drink that has been brought in from outside school, however Puriton Primary School endeavours to ensure that pupils’ packed lunches are healthy and nutritious as we recognise the importance of a nutritious, balanced diet for pupils’ health and well-being. d. WATER PROVISION Puriton Primary School has implemented a whole school policy that free, clean and palatable drinking water is accessible to pupils and staff throughout the school day. Each pupil has a water bottle that has been brought in from home that s/he is expected to bring in each day. Pupils are actively encouraged before morning break and before afternoon break to fill their water bottles. Water bottles are kept by the sink during all lessons. Children are allowed access to water throughout the day and we have water breaks during class time. E. TUCK SHOPS At Puriton Primary School during morning break we only allow our pupils to eat fruit or vegetables. All key stage one classes receive a free morning break time snack of cut and washed fruit or vegetables, which is shared in a family setting for all class members. This is part of The School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme. There is a morning break time tuck shop for all pupils that only sell fruit and vegetables. The fruit and vegetables are prepared by staff members and are sold in cups of mixed fruits and vegetables. Pupils and parents/guardians can pay in advance or on the day. There is a named member of staff who has achieved Level 2 Food Hygiene certification who is responsible for ensuring that safe food hygiene and preparation practices are carried out by the parents/guardians who prepare the fruit and vegetables for morning break. 5. DINING ROOM ENVIRONMENT At Puriton Primary School we have a welcoming dining environment that encourages the social interaction of pupils. Children enter the hall in class groups but are able to sit in mixed age and gender groups. 6. CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR STAFF At Puriton Primary School we recognise the importance of investing in training for all our teaching, non-teaching and catering staff. We believe there is a strong correlation between high quality, targeted, accessible training for our staff and staff who can plan and deliver high quality food provision or high quality education in food. At Puriton Primary School staff members have completed training related to food safety and hygiene, nutrition, food education or the school provision of food and drink. Monitoring and Evaluation The Whole School Food Policy is consulted upon, monitored and evaluated through an annual review process involving Parents/guardians, teachers, non-teaching staff, catering staff, Key Stage Co-ordinators, subject leader for Food Technology, Senior Management Team, food providers, and the Governing Body. Mrs Karen Turnbull is responsible for organising and overseeing the annual process of consulting on, monitoring and evaluating the Whole School Food Policy.
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