BROWNSOVER Community School has been given full marks for healthy eating.
Rugby MP Mark Pawsey has put forward the primary school for the parliamentary School Food Award 2018 in recognition of the work by staff and pupils on healthy eating.
Since 2012 Brownsover Community School has been a part of Food for Life, which helps foster a healthier environment throughout the school.
The school remains the only one in Warwickshire to have been recognised with a Gold Award in Food for Life, and runs an after school cooking class to encourage pupils and parents to eat healthily.
Each May, the school holds a Food Revolution Day, where parents and other family members are invited to explore a variety of food and cooking based activities in the school.
This year, the children made bread, smoothies, pasta and pasta sauces, houmous and rainbow salads – and invited Mr Pawsey along.
Mr Pawsey said: “When I heard that the All Party Parliamentary Group for School Food were looking for examples of excellence in school food, I immediately thought of the great work which Brownsover Community School are doing.
“I’ve had the pleasure of joining staff and pupils for their Food Revolution Day and trying out some of the wonderful things which they have cooked in the past, and it is always clear how excited the kids are to be getting stuck in.
“There is also a really serious topic which Brownsover Community School is addressing – tackling childhood obesity. One of the best ways to do this is through promoting eating more healthily both at school and at home, and I’ve been really impressed by the way in which staff at Brownsover have worked hard to involve the whole of the community. It was a pleasure to nominate them for this award and I hope that they are successful.”
Head teacher Elisa Basnett said everyone at the school was delighted to be nominated.
She added: “Each year the event has grown and evolved and we are constantly looking at ways to improve the day, as it’s a fantastic way to encourage our pupils to learn valuable skills related to living a healthy lifestyle. Over the years, we’ve also expanded the day to look at gardening, composting and recycling and it’s been great to see many of these issues go beyond the classroom and become part of the school community’s daily lives.”