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Council Services:

Food Education

The Food Education team promotes and encourages healthy lifestyles from an early age.

Pupils eating school lunches

Reducing health inequalities


  • Improving children’s health and wellbeing, behaviour, concentration and learning outcomes by promoting a whole school approach to healthy eating and food education, including the recommendations of the government’s Childhood Obesity Plan;
  • Promoting healthy and nutritious school meals which are compliant with the School Food Standards;
  • Increasing take up of universal infant free school meals, free school meals and paid meals;
  • Supporting locally sourced and seasonal ingredients;
  • Improving the lunch time environment in line with Ofsted requirements;
  • Reducing health inequalities by supporting healthy lifestyles.

Supporting schools

The Food Education team offer a high quality professional consultancy service to maintained primary schools, nurseries and special schools and primary academies. We will support school leaders and governing bodies in developing a whole school approach to school meals, food education and healthy eating in line with School Food Plan recommendations, the government Childhood Obesity Plan and Ofsted requirements. We will support schools with their key role in developing a good school food culture and supporting pupil health, wellbeing and attainment.


Food Education resources, including School Food Standards documentation, the Ofsted Common Inspection Framework, Childhood Obesity Plan, recipe ideas, food safety information are available for download.


Food Education Team

(01522) 553497/ (01522) 555485

Free School Meals

Customer Service Centre (01522) 782030


Apply Online for a School Place

Available from

1 March 2018 for Secondary school offers

16 April 2018 for Primary or Junior offers


Apply online for a Mid Year School Place


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Last updated: 25 January 2018

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