From Farm to Table

School dinners don’t come much fresher than at Nightingale Community Academy: fresh vegetables grown by the Horticulture class are frequently on the menu. The vegetable plots provide a great supply of tasty green straight to the kitchen door.

Having both the vegetable garden and Tom’s Farm in the school grounds, gives the pupils a great understanding of where their food comes from. If they have helped plant and tend to the vegetables, it makes them all the more enthusiastic about eating the seasonal produce in their school meal.

It is not just home grown vegetables on the menu, pupils also help to look after the animals on Tom’s Farm, and as a working farm, some of the quality organic meat that is produced, also makes its way on to the school menu.

Some pupils are also involved in preparing and serving the food. So school dinners are a true lesson in how food gets from the farm to the dining table.

The principal and leadership team, well supported by the Orchard Hill College and Academy Trust, have provided strong leadership, which has had a positive impact on the school’s effectiveness. As a result, there have been improvements in all areas, most noticeably in pupils’ behaviour and attitudes, the curriculum and in the wider opportunities for pupils.

Ofsted, February 2019

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