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Manchester Health Academy wins prestigious school catering award


Manchester Health Academy (MHA) picked up the School Catering Award at the Education Business Awards, held in London and sponsored by school online payment provider ParentPay.

ParentPay Chief Executive Clint Wilson commented on the importance of awards such as this: "I understand that the standard of the entrants was exceptional across all categories."

Manchester Health Academy faced stiff competition but scooped the award with 4 other schools being commended for their work; St Joseph's Specialist School and College, Surrey, Ravenscliffe High School and Sport College, Halifax Ernulf Academy, St. Neots, Cambs, Brook Green Centre for Learning, Plymouth

"By sponsoring the School Catering Award, we (ParentPay Ltd) can show our support for the hard work that goes on in schools and Academies and for caterers on the front line in the promotion of healthy eating in schools."

"The positive impact good quality school food can have on children's educational performance and overall behaviour should never be underestimated. I'm delighted that MHA working with Manchester Local Authority Catering Service (Manchester Fayre) have won this award."

"Hopefully recognition of the good work at MHA will encourage even more schools to continue to strive to offer their students great quality food and in return reap the proven benefits this can bring to the school's whole community."

Helen Walker, Curriculum Lead for Health/Humanities at the Manchester Health Academy, said "We are delighted to receive this award as it follows on from our work with the Children's Food Trust in July 2013, when the Manchester Health Academy became the first school in the UK to receive the Children's Food Trust Award. This recognised the whole team's efforts to champion healthy eating by engaging with students in creative and imaginative ways. The Academy has Health as its specialism and is privileged to have the support of the sponsor, Central Manchester University Hospitals Foundation Trust, to embed health across the curriculum. This, together with support from teachers and year leaders, allows us to extend to our students opportunities to enjoy their learning as well as ensure they are making healthy food choices."