A MID Devon primary school has achieved a bronze award in a national food culture programme.
Landscore Primary School, Crediton, is one of six Devon schools to have achieved a bronze award in a national programme, to transform food culture in their schools.
The Food for Life Partnership will be paying tribute to the schools at a special ceremony at West Town Farm in Ide near Exeter, to recognise the work they have done to improve school food provision by serving freshly prepared, locally sourced meals, whilst providing pupils with the opportunity to cook, grow and visit farms.
Pupils and teachers will be joined by Councillor Andrea Davis, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing and Chair of the Devon Health and Wellbeing Board.
Gary Read, Headteacher from Landscore Primary School in Crediton, said: "We have always known the importance of involving the children in growing, cooking, composting and recycling but Food for Life has made us focus more on two main areas: farm visits and improving children's dining experiences.
"We are particularly pleased with progress in the latter, with our Year six children now self-serving and minimising food waste.
“As a result, the whole dining experience is far less 'industrial', and more social and interesting."
Cllr Davis said: "Healthy schools is about so much more than just eating your five a day. Creating a positive environment for children around growing, cooking and eating healthy nutritious and sustainable food will establish habits for life, which will hopefully be passed on through future generations.
"Pupils will be invited to join an interactive farm walk and try a school dinner at another school. They will also bring their own tasty treats for each other, ranging from home-made chutneys to vegetables grown in the school allotment.