Food award for Sacred Heart

Published: 19 December 2013

Sacred Heart school in Battersea has become the first in Wandsworth to be awarded the prestigious Food For Life Partnership Bronze Award.

The Roman Catholic primary school has won the award for its commitment to providing students with healthy, sustainable food.

The Food for Life Partnership is a network of schools and communities across England working to transform school meals, reconnect children and young people with where their food comes from, and inspire families to grow and cook food.

To win the Bronze Award, Sacred Heart had to fulfil a wide range of criteria, including encouraging the take up of school meals, consulting pupils and parents on how meals could be improved,  providing freshly-prepared, seasonal, ethically sourced dishes, making free drinking water available, organising lessons and trips around growing and cooking food and engaging parents and the wider community in growing and cooking activities.

Headteacher Jared Brading said: "We serve a diverse community and what brings us together is food and cooking - everyone needs to eat and everyone has to cook. Our school is in the middle of a busy city and the garden acts as an oasis.”

Wandsworth Council’s director of public health. Houda Al-Sharifi, said 

“We encourage all our schools to follow the lead of Sacred Heart. Professional support is available from our public health dietitian and healthy schools development officer to help schools work towards promoting healthy living in all aspects of school life.

“School meals will soon be free for all children up to year 2, meaning that it is more important than ever to ensure they are healthy and popular.”

TV presenter Stephan Gates went along to present the school with its award and is seen here with Mr Brading and pupils Charlie Wickham, Shakira Halid, Monica Brown and Dell Castillo.