The Ethos of our School

Woodside School promotes learning for life.

We are an inclusive, aspirational learning environment where children, families, staff, governors and the wider community learn together in an atmosphere of co-operation and tolerance.

As a community we promote self-discipline, understanding, empathy, co-operation, perseverance and independence. We encourage a culture of high standards, achievements and expectations. We aim to develop the full potential of every individual.

Every child brings valuable experiences and strengths to our school. We build on these by offering a curriculum that is stimulating, accessible, challenging and differentiated to meet the needs of all children.

We provide an open, stimulating environment in which every child feels safe, valued and happy. We encourage parents and the wider community to take an active interest in the education of all of our children and to feel an ownership of their school.

Our ethos forms the core of our planning and teaching.

Our teaching is our ethos in action.

The Five Outcomes

The five outcomes that are most important to children and young people are:

  • Being healthy
  • Staying safe
  • Enjoying and achieving
  • Making a positive contribution
  • Achieving economic well-being

These five outcomes are universal ambitions for every child whatever their background or circumstances. Improving outcomes for all children underpins all of our work.

Children learn and thrive when they are healthy, safe and engaged and educational achievement is the most effective route to meaningful employment and economic independence and well-being later in life.

Our Food Policy

The importance of a healthy diet that is low in fat, sugar and salt, and high in fibre, with plenty of starchy foods, e.g. rice or wholegrain bread, fruit and vegetables is accepted. It is important to begin this in childhood. It is well established that obesity and many illnesses are related to poor diet or incorrectly prepared food.

This policy is linked to the ‘Being Healthy’ strand of Every Child Matters, the National Healthy Schools Programme, Healthy Eating programmes and the Sustainable School framework.

Our Aims

We aim to:

  • ensure a healthy balanced diet throughout the school day, rich in fruits, vegetables and starchy foods which can help reduce the risk of diseases such as heart disease and some cancers
  • contribute to the ‘being healthy ‘strand of Every Child Matters
  • give children the confidence, skills, knowledge and understanding to make healthy food choices
  • promote good food hygiene practice to reduce the risk of food poisoning illnesses such as those caused by e-coli and salmonella
  • teach knowledge and skills, including menu planning, cooking and gardening
  • enrich social development and celebrate, nurture and increase our appreciation of cultural diversity.
  • work with parents/carers to promote healthy snacks and lunchboxes.

We aim to contribute to the health of the community by providing opportunities for children to learn ways to establish and maintain life-long healthy and environmentally sustainable eating habits. This is achieved through food education and skills (such as cooking and growing food), the delivery of school lunches and all other food on school site, in line with the government school based food standards and curriculum including Science, Food Technology and PSHE+C. This is achieved through a whole school approach involving staff, children, parents/carers, governors and key partners in the immediate and wider community.

These aims are embedded in our healthy eating work through the National Healthy Schools Programme.

All food in the school is in line with the national standard including:

  • Breakfast club
  • Shire Catering school meals service
  • extended schools activities

This policy is linked directly to the following policies:

  • Packed Lunch
  • PSHE+C
  • Science
  • Design and Technology
  • Health and Safety

Shire Catering

Shire Catering provides all prepared hot and cold meals at lunchtime. It is expected that all food provided meets the appropriate national standards.

Packed Lunches

Many children choose to bring their own packed lunch as their midday meal. Parents/carers are expected to provide their child with a nutritious, balanced meal which includes fresh fruit and/or fresh, raw vegetables. Sweets, chocolate and sweet fizzy drinks are not allowed.


  • All children in our Early Years setting are given healthy snacks and drinks at key points during the day.
  • Children in KS1 are given free fruit or fresh vegetable each day through the Free Fruit for Schools Scheme.
  • Children in KS2 are encouraged to bring fresh fruit and/or raw vegetables from home for a mid-morning snack. We do not allow any other food during break times.


Chilled, filtered drinking water is freely available to all children throughout the day. We encourage children to have personal water bottles with them during the day.

Special Occasions

We allow children to share cakes etc on special occasions such as birthdays or fund raising days but we endeavour to keep this to a minimum.

The Role of our Governors

Our governing body recognises the important connection between a healthy diet and access to drinking water and a pupil’s ability to learn effectively and achieve high standards in school. It acknowledges the role the school can play:

  • as part of the larger community in promoting family health
  • in making children’s food experiences a way to nurture and celebrate our cultural diversity and as a bridge for building friendships and inter-generational bonds

Our governors strive to ensure that the government food based standards for school meals and food other than school meals are adhered to.

The Role of our Headteacher and Staff

  • Our headteacher oversees all aspects of food in school.
  • All staff ensure a whole school approach to developing or reviewing the food policy to involve children, staff, governors, parents/carers and key partners in the community
  • All staff are aware, and act upon, this policy and its clear links to other key policies.
  • Staff support and training needs in relation to food in schools are identified and met

Parents/Carers and Children

All parents/carers, children, staff and governors were consulted in developing this policy.


All food prepared by the children through the food technology elements of Design and Technology is based upon recipes that meet national nutritional standards. All children are taught the importance of food hygiene and a nutritious, healthy, balanced diet.

All children develop their understanding of the nature of food and healthy eating through PSHE+C, Science, Food Technology and through assemblies and other related school activities.

This policy is promoted and implemented throughout the school.


We endeavour to use Fairtrade ingredients in food and drink preparation whenever possible.


We are very mindful of allergies and always seek advice from parents/carers when undertaking food technology activities.

Monitoring, Evaluation and Review

We review this policy every three years, or before as required, and we assess and evaluate its implementation and effectiveness regularly and take the appropriate action.

This policy was developed in consultation with:

  • children
  • staff
  • parents/carers
  • governors