Food for life award for Chew Valley School

Chew Valley has been awarded the Food for Life Partnership Bronze award for its healthy and climate-friendly food culture. The school is working with the Food for Life Partnership to transform the school's food culture and that of its local community, by connecting the children with climate-friendly and healthy food.

As part of the Bronze award scheme, we serve seasonal school meals, 75% of which are freshly prepared by experienced school Catering Manager, Georgina Emery, and her team. The school also gives every pupil the opportunity to cook through Food Technology, and participate in food growing activities through the Change and Create teams during his or her time at school. Students in the School Nutrition Action Group have been involved in making improvements to the school's menu and dining experience.

Independent research, summarised in a new report ‘Good food for all’ reveals the success of five years of the Food for Life Partnership. The evidence from three independent research studies focuses in particular on four main areas of impact: children's health, tackling inequalities, improving education, and local enterprise and sustainability.

The Food for Life Partnership has created network of over 4,500 schools across England committed to transforming their food culture. It supports them to provide fresh, well-sourced and nutritious meals and improve their overall lunchtime experience.  It helps children, adults and teachers understand the importance of good nutrition and where their food comes from through practical cooking and growing activities and farm visits. 

The initiative is led by the Soil Association, bringing together the practical expertise of Focus on Food, Garden Organic and the Health Education Trust. It is free for schools in England to enrol and provides a wealth of resources to support their progress through the award framework.

To find out more, visit www.foodforlife.org.uk