MILLBROOK Primary has struck gold by renewing its Food4Life award for a second time.
The third award was handed over at a special assembly by Liz Hibbott from Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust’s children’s nutrition team.
It was recognition of the work done by Millbrook Primary to encourage healthy eating.
Deputy headteacher Leanne Ashton explained sweets are banned for birthdays while monitors look at lunch boxes and give out eat well plates.
Leanne said: “Children know what things they are allowed and they also send in photos of things they have done at home.
“We have collaborated with Ray Jones at Tameside College with theme days and the cookathon, in which families cook healthy meals, is our highest attended event.”
Millbrook Primary has also gained a platinum award for PE and AcSEED accreditation for dealing with mental health.
“The three awards cover nutrition, physical activity and healthy minds so we have balanced children,” explained Leanne.
Liz explained criteria for the award includes the school’s food policy and approach to promoting healthy eating with children and families, meeting food standards and staff training.
Cllr Leanne Feeley, Tameside Council’s executive member for lifelong learning, added: “The food served in schools is of the greatest importance. It is vital it meet nutritional needs so that children can develop properly. Growing into healthy adults is clearly better for them and, in time, will reduce pressure on the NHS.
“Millbrook Primary School has set a first-class example to Tameside and, indeed, the whole of the country. I look forward to others following it.”
For more information contact the children’s nutrition team on 0161 366 2351 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Members of the parent teacher association from Millbrook Primary and Nursery will tackle the wilds of Snowdon to raise funds for the school.
They are to take on the Snowdon ranger path on May 18. Participants must be aged 18 and over and sort food, equipment, travel and accommodation out of their own pockets. All sponsorship monies raised are going directly to school.