Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Food, Glorious Food; School Consumed with Pride at Dining Accolade

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Food, Glorious Food; School Consumed with Pride at Dining Accolade

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Byline: By JOANNA DESIRA

DINNERS at Egglescliffe School are among the best in the country, it has been revealed.

The School Food Trust has awarded the Eaglescliffe school its School of the Month Award for the quality of meals it offers to its pupils.

The trust, set up by the Government to help improve the standard of school meals, recognises schools each month for their commitment to improving school meals and healthy eating.

The school has been given pounds 5,000 which will be spent on new kitchen equipment.

Headteacher Angela Darnell entered the competition after spotting a full page advert in the Times Educational Supplement congratulating another school on previously winning the title.

Now Egglescliffe School is looking forward to seeing its advert, organised by the School Food Trust, in the national publication on March 6.

Mrs Darnell said: "It's a fantastic reward for all the hard work that my catering staff have put in to improving our service since 2005."

In 2004 the dining rooms of Egglescliffe School were not filled with pupils enjoying a tasty nutritious school lunch.

Less than 30% of the students ate a school lunch with over 60% bringing in a packed lunch.

A significant number were either popping over the road to Tesco for food, or to the nearby chippy.

The school told the School Food Trust the dinners offered by the commercial contractor in 2004 were "neither tasty nor attractive," and it was of poor nutritional standard, based on "processed food with lots of chips."

In 2005 Tony Wood, an experienced chef, was appointed as catering manager.

He trained the catering staff to improve their skills, and listening to the views of students, new menus were drawn up.

Each dish is given a traffic light to show how healthy a meal is, vegetarian dishes are cooked every day, and students can choose Chinese and Indian meals. …

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