Member Hipperholme Grammar School promotes healthy eating in all areas of school life, it was therefore no surprise that the school was shortlisted to the final three competing in the national Independent Schools Association (ISA) Awards 2014 for Healthy Eating.
‘Give us this day our daily bread’ has become a reality for pupils at member Hipperholme Grammar School, as the outstanding caterers, Wilson Vale, get behind The Real Bread Campaign.
Freshly-baked focaccia, ciabatta, malted wholemeal, semi-sourdough, soda bread and many more now appear on the school’s menus. However, ‘real bread’ is not the only initiative to encourage a healthier and more nutritious diet for the pupils. All cakes, yoghurts and granolas are freshly made onsite. The use of quality, seasonal ingredients is key to keeping food standards high at the school, so local sourcing is also a priority to ensure provenance and sustainability. Always mindful of the pupil’s health, the caterers roast all of their meats onsite and make their own soups and salads on a daily basis. Pupils are encouraged to have second helpings of vegetables, and even the tuck shop has a choice of healthy options such as crudités & hummus pots.
At the junior school, the chef organises a weekly cookery club with the support of teaching staff. Catering staff work closely with the teaching staff to ensure school visits, fixtures and events all tie into the whole school food ethos.
Head Chef Mrs Mandy Bland explains: “We place great importance on teaching children to make good choices when selecting food at lunch times, but with all our menus having nothing but homemade and fresh produce in them (some even grown by our own children once the harvesting season comes around in our allotment and growing beds), the children are assured of fresh healthy food no matter what their preference.”
Headmaster Mr Jack Williams says: “In both junior and senior schools, the catering staff know the children and their varying dietary needs very well and take an interest in their preferences. They mention to teaching staff if they have concerns over the diet of any of the children and celebrate special occasions by preparing and making a feature of the meals associated with the particular day of celebration, such as David’s Day or Chinese New Year.”
The winners of the Healthy Eating Award were announced at the ISA Annual Conference in Warwickshire and Hipperholme Grammar School was presented with a certificate which is now on display at the senior school.