25th Feb, 2020

Rugby primary school to feature on BBC One this weekend

Andy Morris 16th Jan, 2020

PUPILS and staff at a Rugby primary school will get their 15 minutes of fame when they appear on BBC One’s Countryfile on Sunday (January 19).

Brownsover Community School will feature on the programme after presenter Tom Heap brought a camera crew to visit in December, for a feature on the school’s ‘farm-to-fork’ philosophy on school dinners and food education.

The pupils, alongside staff from Warwickshire school catering company Educaterers, showcased their cooking skills to demonstrate how their food culture has affected the school, its curriculum and the community.

Tom was invited to help prepare and serve school dinners, meet pupils, and chat to staff about the school’s healthy food policy – which has earned a Gold ‘Food for Life’ Award from the Soil Association.

Tom spoke to pupils about the school’s ‘farm-to-fork’ food philosophy.

Head teacher Elisa Basnett said: “The children really enjoyed the filming experience! They take great pride in sharing our achievements with visitors and especially enjoy cooking with their friends and parents.

“The key skills addressed throughout our Food For Life programme ensure that healthy eating and lifestyles are actively promoted and supported for all children.”

The school earned the Gold ‘Food for Life’ Award by serving healthy, ethical food made largely from local ingredients, with a minimum of 15 per cent organic ingredients and five per cent free range.

It also uses ingredients from suppliers who support sustainability, animal welfare and ethical trading, uses seasonal fruit and vegetables throughout the year, and bakes fresh bread on site every day.

Educaterers director Terry Tredget said: “We were delighted Tom Heap and the BBC Countryfile crew were able to come to the school to see what we do.

“It was an amazing experience for our staff to be able to cook alongside Tom on camera and show just how much thought and effort goes into sourcing our ingredients and preparing our school meals.”

The Countryfile programme featuring Brownsover Community School will air on BBC One at 6.10pm on Sunday (January 19).

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