Award on menu at Shade

Children at Shade School with the Food for Life Partnership bronze award
Children at Shade School with the Food for Life Partnership bronze award

A PRIMARY school has become the first in Todmorden to receive the Food for Life Partnership bronze award.

Shade School has been awarded the prestigious status in recognition of its hard work in making food part of the curriculum.

In the past 12 months, children have visited a farm to look at where food comes from, learned about different animal habitats and how to protect the environment.

Youngsters have also looked at UK food sourcing, grown their own vegetables and made soup and healthy fruit salads.

Deputy headteacher Lucy Hirst said: “We hope that as time goes on, we will be able to continue to grow and cook more of our own food with each class being given their own growing space.

“Hopefully we will see the apple trees which were planted in recent months come to fruition in the autumn.”

She thanked Lynne Midwinter, TJ Hart, Rosie Clear and Dawn Gallacher for their continuing help and support with the school grounds and, in particular, the gardening club.

There was also praise for Tony Mulgrew, catering manager at Todmorden High School, for designing the healthy school lunches, and Incredible Edible Todmorden for the donation of funds and time to get the school’s growing space off the ground.