Special schools plate up pioneering quality food

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TWO special schools in Chichester have become some of the first in the country to be given a new stamp of approval for their meals.

Pupils at Fordwater School and St Anthony’s School now enjoy meals which comply with school new food standards which were brought into place by the Department for Education on January 1.

Jeremy Hunt, West Sussex County Council (WSCC) cabinet member for education and skills, said: “It is important to us to ensure that all meals in our schools are served to a high quality and it is great to see that we are achieving this in our special schools.

“A lot of pupils at these schools have complex dietary issues and this accreditation process gives us peace of mind that we are meeting their requirements, while also meeting the new food standards.”

He added that WSCC has pledged only to use seafood which has been caught using sustainable practices.

The new standards were brought in as part of The School Food Plan which is a government backed plan of actions formed in 2013 in an aim to improve the health, wellbeing and attainment of children and their ability to cook nutritious food.

The plan writers felt a change in standards was needed after an independent review found that schools considered existing school food standards difficult to understand and use.

The new standards are based on food groups rather than nutritional values and are designed to make it easier for school cooks to create imaginative, flexible and nutritious menus

All approved menus display a special logo to show that they comply with the standards.

Accreditation will be reviewed twice a year when the menu changes.