The school is committed to promoting healthy lifestyles, in the broadest sense, through a range of school policies and programmes. This policy seeks to address how a policy for healthy eating can promote informed choices for food, particularly through the school canteen.
- To ensure compliance with the required national standards for food in schools.
- To ensure that students and staff have the opportunity to choose healthy meals and snacks when eating in school.
- To ensure that the school canteen provides a range of healthy and other options, and maintains the highest of standards in the production and serving of food.
- To ensure students develop a full awareness of healthy and unhealthy options.
- To ensure that appropriate and accurate information on food choices is available to all users of the school canteen.
- To provide a positive environment for eating in school.
- To develop an understanding of the role of healthy eating in the broader context of a healthy lifestyle, including exercise and the promotion of health-enhancing habits.
- The PSHE programme ensures that all students can acquire the information necessary to make informed choices on healthy eating. Certain topics are re-visited in increasing complexity as students move through the school, and in some cases the content is supported by work in other curriculum areas.
- Healthy lifestyles will be promoted, as is appropriate, in individual subject areas and through the PSHE programme.
- Senior canteen staff responsible for planning menus will ensure that a range of foods is available each day. Menus should meet the following requirements:
- Government guidelines on food and nutritional standards are to be considered as a minimum and the expectation is that the food available at school will significantly exceed these requirements.
- Menus should provide both balance and variety, as well as complying with government nutritional standards. Food on offer should be labelled appropriately to enable students and staff to make informed choices.
- Menus should take account of special requirements such as those with food allergies, those requiring vegetarian or vegan choices, those requiring a low-fat diet.
- All staff in the school canteen will be appropriately trained to ensure the highest possible standards in food hygiene, food handling and other relevant work practices.
- Where possible, the school will take into account the following additional factors when sourcing food supplies:
- the use of local suppliers rather than national chains
- the choice of suppliers who provide produce under Soil Association, Farm-Assured, Fair Trade and similar schemes which promote high standards of socially responsible food production
- The school will continuously promote health eating food choices and ensure that a substantial proportion of food available is of a healthy nature.
- It is recognised that providing appropriate meals, including a full range of healthy and balanced choices, is more important than making a profit on the catering operation. The annual catering budget should continue to show a small operating loss in support of this aim.
The school is firmly committed to the development and enhancement of healthy eating at school as part of a broad programme of promoting healthy lifestyles.