Food for Life award goes to St Paul’s

Chef Sharon Kenny, teaching assistant Dottie Sharp and catering assistant Karen Martindale celebrate the award with pupils. ANL-160912-122938001
Chef Sharon Kenny, teaching assistant Dottie Sharp and catering assistant Karen Martindale celebrate the award with pupils. ANL-160912-122938001

A Spalding primary school that only began preparing its own meals last year has scooped a Soil Association Food for Life bronze award.

St Paul’s collected its award at a ceremony in Doddington, near Lincoln, on Thursday night and is making plans to bag a silver next year.

Head teacher Kira Nicholls paid tribute to school chef Sharon Kenny and her catering team, alongside passionate teaching assistant Dottie Sharp, for being the “driving force” in improving the food culture across the school.

She said: “They have shown drive and commitment to demonstrate the school’s work and for going above and beyond for our pupils and our school.”

The journey to bronze included engaging pupils in cookery lessons, farm visits, gardening and growing projects, along with workshops from The Covent Garden Soup Company and Roots to Food.

The soup company led activities such as making and eating fruit kebabs, as well as teaching pupils about the food journey from field to fork. Darren Tinkler, from Roots to Food, arranged a cook off where staff revealed their competitive nature while showing parents and children how to make healthy but inexpensive, nutritionally balanced meals.

More home-grown produce will be added next year.