Marden Vale Academy's school kitchen today received the Eat Out, Eat Well Gold Award from Wiltshire Council, designed to reward caterers who make it easier for diners to make healthy choices. The Gold Award is the highest on offer, with the most stringent attainment requirements. Not only is Marden Vale Academy the only school in Calne to receive the Gold Award, it is only one of two awarded in the whole of Calne.
The scheme, launched in late 2014 in Wiltshire, uses a scoring system that takes into account the type of food on offer, cooking methods and how you promote it to your customers. For a gold award, key members of staff will need accredited training in nutrition. Over 230 food businesses in Wiltshire are working toward or have attained one of the Award levels, with around 120 being schools.
“It's fantastic that the hard work we put in to preparing high quality and nutritious food for the children
is being recognised,” said Jenny Jeary, the school's Catering Manager.
“As much of our food as possible is made freshly on-site. We are a Fryer Free Zone - food is baked instead. Fresh fruit and vegetables are sourced locally, and we regularly run theme days to encourage as many children as possible to enjoy the food on offer. We also offer a breakfast club with homemade muesli bars and a range of healthy snacks at break time.”
David Mayer, head teacher, said, “It's no wonder we have such a high number of children choosing to eat from our kitchen. Children often have difficulty choosing one of the three options from the menu and plates are almost universally cleared when lunch time rolls around. The staff are also big fans of the fare.”
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