Leeds school’s top for food health

HEALTHY LIVING: Year one pupils harvest the food they have grown on the school farm.
HEALTHY LIVING: Year one pupils harvest the food they have grown on the school farm.
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Youngsters from Farsley Farfield Primary School are going bananas after winning the Healthy School of the Year award.

The primary received the accolade at the 2017 TES Schools Awards for its comprehensive cooking and nutrition curriculum, its food-growing scheme on the school farm and its full programme of sporting opportunities.

Headteacher Peter Harris said: “This award is amazing recognition of more than a decade’s commitment across the school to the promotion of healthy lifestyles.”

The school farm allows children to learn about sowing, harvesting, cooking and eating food grown on site.

In conjunction with the The Real Junk Food Project, staff also hold weekly waste-food stalls while nearby sports clubs provide hours of free coaching, after-school clubs and access to off-site specialist facilities.

Mr Harris added: “We are very much a ‘can do’ school and this is shown in the ambitious curriculum choices that we make.

“This award is a wonderful affirmation of our work and will inspire us to greater things in the future.”

The awards, now in their ninth year, recognise outstanding contributions made by education teams and individuals to help students around the country to succeed, both inside and outside the classroom.

The judges said: “Farsley Farfield Primary School has shown an exceptional long-term, sustainable commitment to immersing children in healthy lifestyles from a young age.

“They are worthy winners of this year’s award.”

Peter Sutcliffe.

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