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At Grey Court we take food seriously. We have been awarded the Food for Life Partnership Bronze Award http://www.foodforlife.org.uk/Awardsforschools.aspx for our commitment to a whole school approach to food. It's gratifying to be awarded for our efforts but this is not why we do what we do at Grey Court. We focus on food because it's the right thing to do for our children and our community.

We are members of School Food Matters http://www.schoolfoodmatters.com/, the charity that supports our food education initiatives including our school farm.

School Meals

We work with our caterer Pabulum to deliver mid-morning break and lunch to our students, all freshly prepared on site and meeting the Food for Life Catering Mark Bronze standard. This means that our eggs are cage free, our meat meets UK welfare standards and all meals are free from undesirable food additives and hydrogenated fats. We do not serve fish that is from the Marine Conservation Society ‘fish to avoid’ list and definitely no GM foods. We operate a cashless system, which also allows parents to monitor what their children are eating. Menus are published each week in our e-bulletin.

Our Catering Committee meets termly. The committee is made up of two students from each year group selected from those on the Collegium. The group is led by a member of the SLT along with the school's Finance Director.

Food Education

Cooking All students do a minimum of 12 hours of cooking within the Design and technology curriculum and from this year students can go on to study the AQA course at GCSE. There is also the Jamie Oliver Home Cooking Skills BTEC offered to students who do not take a language at GCSE level.

We have a Let's Get Cooking Club and students are involved in cooking for various school events, such as Open Evening, the Multicultural Evening, the Old Peoples' Xmas Party and other community events throughout the year.

Grey Court Community Chickens: We have 40 free range hens on site and our 'Chicken Team' of students manage the eggs sales to the school community. The welfare of the chickens is managed daily by our retired caretaker and we have a Chicken Outreach Officer who works with local primary schools to hatch eggs and learn about keeping poultry.

Grey Court Community Allotment is managed by Ham United Group, bringing volunteers to work on the allotment on Saturday mornings. Our community allotment provides a wonderful opportunity for students with special education needs to work with community leads to produce fresh fruit and vegetables.

Produce from the allotment and eggs from our hens are used in food tech and School Food Matters organised the TV chef, Paul Merrett to come in, harvest produce with the students and then cook with 15 year 10 students. It was called Kitchen Garden Ideas and can be found here. http://www.schoolfoodmatters.com/images/sfm/KGI_Grey_Court.pdf.

Grey Court Orchard Through the Learning Through Landscapes Fruitful School project, we have an orchard with an 'orchard team' of students and community volunteers.

Grey Court School Farm Since 2007 we have been working with School Food Matters to develop a small farm with pigs, lambs and cattle. Plans for a farm building and fencing have been approved by Richmond Council so we’re getting closer to making the farm a reality. The School Farm steering group is made up of representatives from six different community groups, parents, teachers and the Headteacher.