Healthy Food

At William Farr we recognise the input of a healthy lifestyle and diet and understand that eating a balanced diet in childhood and the teenage years helps establish healthy eating habits for life.

This policy states the ways in which our school community supports pupils to develop the skills and attributes that will help them make informed healthy choices both in and out of school.

Staff and Governors of William Farr recognise that we have a part to play in promoting a healthy lifestyle, including encouraging healthy eating options. A Food Policy for our school will enable us to be pro-active in this regard and respond to the guidance in the Food in Schools Toolkit (2005).

The Rationale for the School Food Policy

  • Diet is central to health and a child’s diet can influence both current and future health, we well as affecting learning potential. A good diet in childhood can help protect against chronic diseases when older.
  • All recent surveys demonstrate that children eat too much saturated fat, added sugars and salt.
  • On average, children only eat 2 of the recommended 5 portions of fruit and vegetables a day.
  • Poorly nourished children, including the overweight and obese, often experience social and psychological problems, which can also impact on their behaviour and performance at school.
  • As children spend an average of one quarter of their waking lives in school, schools need to promote healthy food and drink choices throughout the school day.
  • The school environment, staff and pupil attitudes and what children learn in the classroom, have a major influence on their knowledge and understanding of health issues.

Aims

  • To ensure that all aspects of food and drink in school promote the health and wellbeing of pupils, staff and visitors to our school.
  • To encourage our pupils to make informed and responsible decisions with regard to their diet and health.
  • To highlight the importance of a healthy diet and eating nutritious food throughout the school day, in order to encourage a healthier lifestyle, improve physical health and enable students to make informed decisions about their future well being.
  • To introduce and promote practices within the school to reinforce these aims and remove or discourage practices that negate them.
  • To continually review and evaluate the food and drink on offer to students and ensure that decisions are based on healthy criteria.
  • To ensure a whole school approach to the importance of diet and exercise.
  • To provide an environment which makes students reflect on the choices they make about good, and offer them the opportunity to demonstrate their responsibility in making healthy choices.
  • Set out a co-ordinated approach to food and drink to increase the availability of healthier options.
  • Ensure quality of access and participation for all.
  • Reinforce appropriate messages relating to food and drink.
  • Establish effective partnerships.
  • Achieve greater sustainability through planned action.
  • Respond to the needs and desires of our families.
  • Communicate our shared vision, ethos and values to children, staff, parents, governors and the wider community.

Objectives

  • To ensure the information in the curriculum relating to food and nutrition is consistent and up to date.
  • To ensure that the school canteen achieve and maintain the Food Based Standards and work towards the Statutory Nutritional Standards.
  • To work towards ensuring that this policy is accepted and embraced by the whole school community.
  • To integrate the aims into all aspects of school life and ensure the taught curriculum relating to food/nutrition present consistent and up to date information.
  • To work with the school canteen to ensure access to good quality food for the whole school.
  • To ensure that the vending machines offer a variety of healthy options.
  • To ensure that adequate supplies of drinking water are available throughout the day.
  • To promote healthy diets and lifestyles for pupils in and out of school.

Water Provision

  • Children are encouraged to bring water bottles to school every day.
  • Water bottles should not be shared – each bottle should be clearly labelled.
  • Bottles should be filled up at home before being brought to school each day and should be taken home every night and thoroughly washed.
  • Children should have the opportunity and encouragement to drink water through the school day. (See Water Policy)
  • Children who do not have a water bottle in school may still access water to drink from the water fountains in the cloakroom areas.

Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Curriculum – through Head of Year and tutor meetings, to review relevance and quality of material provided in PSME.
  • Catering – Sub-committee review/meetings/staff meetings/school council meets/where new initiatives are discussed and pupils/parents/teachers give their ideas on the new provisions.
  • Vending Machines – Caterers to review vending content.
  • Catering Manager and her team to attend necessary courses to keep up to date.
  • Catering Manager to liaise regularly with the School Council.
  • Catering Manager to ensure best discounts are achieved on purchases.
  • Healthy School Coordinator to attend relevant meeting and report back.
  • Monitoring and evaluation will also take place on both an informal and formal feedback from pupils and staff who will inform the catering service.
  • Catering Department will monitor waste as an indicator of success of the catering service.

This policy is to be monitored and reviewed on a planned 2 yearly basis.

Date of next review January 2017.

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