Manchester Health Academy is first in UK to scoop Children’s Food Trust Award
Manchester Health Academy has become the first school in the
country to receive a new national award forexcellence in children's
food and nutrition.
Children's Food Trust Award, a new accreditation scheme to help
schools and early years settings show parents their commitment to
helping children eat well, is only given to schools and childcare
providers who can show how they are championing healthy eating and
nutrition for children.
It means that the Academy met tough criteria on their food
policy, menus, dining experience, staff training, opportunities to
learn how to cook, and how actively staff encourage children to eat
Helen Walker, Health/Humanities Curriculum leader from the
Academy, said: "We make sure that our students are equipped for the
future by emphasising the importance of a healthy lifestyle. We
work closely with our lead sponsor, the Central Manchester
University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, to embed health across
the curriculum. We are delighted to report that the Manchester
Health Academy is the first Academy in the country to be awarded
the new Children's Food Trust Award."
Executive Member for Finance and Human Resources, Councillor
Jeff Smith, said "This is wonderful news for students at the
Manchester Health Academy and their parents. We are very proud that
the first school in the country to attain the Children's Food Trust
Award is from Manchester.
"In partnership with the dedicated staff at the Academy,
Manchester Fayre work very hard to ensure that students are
provided with healthy, tasty food choices at lunchtimes and this
award comes as welcome recognition of our success."
Chief Executive of Children's Food Trust, Linda Cregan, said:
"Anyone can say that they provide good food for children, but do
they really deliver? Parents so often ask what they should be
looking for in the meals that their school provides, and on their
approach to helping children learn about food. This award is a way
to spot those which really are doing a fantastic job on food, and
the reassurance that they have the thumbs-up from our experts.
Manchester Health Academy sets a great example - congratulations to
the whole team."
Rob Rees MBE, professional chef and Chair of the Children's Food
Trust, said: "When parents are choosing a school or nursery, we
always want to know what the foods like. We want to know our kids
will be getting great food and that they'll be encouraged to eat
"This award gives parents that peace of mind. It's a clear sign
that children are getting a great foundation for a healthy start
and the Manchester Health Academy sets a great example.
Congratulations to the whole team, we're delighted to welcome you
on board as one of our first award winners in Manchester".
The award is open to any school or childcare provider. For more
information visit: www.childrensfoodtrust.org.uk/award