Lambeth Food Flagship

Lambeth encouraged a love of good food throughout  the borough by working with a number of schools and projects, outlined below.

About Lambeth Food Flagship

Lambeth's plan included:

  • increasing the provision of good quality, fresh and sustainably sourced food in its schools and communities
  • raising awareness of how good food impacts on health and wellbeing
  • helping improve food growing and cooking skills in its communities

Lambeth achieved this by coordinating and supporting the efforts of its schools, as well as existing and new projects across the borough.

Lambeth's Food Flagship schools

Each of Lambeth's four Food Flagship schools offered something unique. They all met the rigorous criteria of the School Food Plan and excelled in their own food areas:

Christ Church Primary School - prides itself on delivering an education to children and the community that develops far more than just academic ability. 

Over the past four years they have developed a curriculum that inspires lifelong learners, equips children and families with life skills and takes learning outside the classroom. At the heart of this are the Forest School, Natural Thinkers and Healthy Food Curriculum.

City Heights E-ACT Academy - opened in September 2013. Healthy eating, both in practice and theory, has been a focus from the start. Students are encouraged to eat school meals and are only allowed packed lunches in special circumstances.

This ensures every child will have at least one hot meal a day and are more likely to meet their nutritional requirements.

Clapham Manor Primary School - was ahead of the National Curriculum changes in 2014. All pupils learn how to prepare and cook a range of mostly savoury dishes before they leave primary school. The school has invested £40,000 in a new food laboratory.

It has also received £10,000 from the National Lottery to support a ‘maths with cookery’ programme to bring mathematical learning alive.

Hitherfield Primary School - makes the most of their school grounds to develop a healthy lifestyle culture. Hitherfield took part in the Streatham Food Festival, working with a local baker to run bread making in Year 1. This mini project became the subject of a Food Growing Schools case study.

Hitherfield also runs the Families and Schools Together (FAST) programme annually, as well as their own Strengthening Parents courses. Hitherfield was a pilot school for the Lambeth Free School Breakfasts initiative.

Lambeth's Food Flagship projects

The Lambeth Food Flagship aimed to make use of the food knowledge in its culturally rich communities. As well as establishing new projects Lambeth also supported existing projects across the borough.

Alexandra Rose vouchers

Working with local children’s centres, the Rose voucher scheme identifies eligible families and gives them weekly vouchers to spend at local fruit and vegetable markets.

Stall holders claim back the value of the vouchers from the weekly rent charged for their pitch.

Healthy Schools Programme

This programme helps children improve academically and also to gain the necessary life skills to lead a healthy and fulfilling life.

One of Lambeth's aims was to build on its successful Healthy Schools Programme, in which 98 per cent of schools achieved the national status. Lambeth has embraced Healthy Schools London as a means of taking forward this work.

Lambeth School Food Plan

Establishing a local school food plan was about good food and happiness. It was about the pleasures of growing, cooking and eating proper food. It was also about improving the academic performance of local children and the health of local communities.

Using the School Food Plan as a foundation Lambeth worked closely with its flagship schools to demonstrate the impact food has on health and attainment.

Lambeth ‘Village Hub’

This pilot project developed a community based food system in Gipsy Hill that supported residents living in the ward.

The Village Hub gave Gipsy Hill residents access to healthy and affordable food, the opportunity to be involved in food growing projects and taught them how to prepare healthy and nutritious meals.


Lead Food Flagship Schools

Lambeth identified four schools to implement the Lambeth Food School Plan. These schools trialled and shared best practice at a local, national and international level.

Lambeth’s Lead Food Flagships schools were located in four geographical areas of the borough. The schools belonged to networks (cluster partnerships) of primary and secondary schools and influenced other schools in their partnerships.

Natural Thinkers

Natural Thinkers is a Lambeth born project which connects children and parents with nature. It is well connected with food growing projects in the borough, particularly Incredible Edible Lambeth, GP Food Co-op, and the Lambeth Food Partnership.

The project already had a strong network within Lambeth, consisting mainly of Early Years’ practitioners, parents and teachers, child minders, parks officers, local gardens and parent groups.

It is unique because it is free to anyone in Lambeth who has a keen interest in connecting children with nature and food growing, cooking and eating.

Social Marketing

Lambeth worked with young people in Lambeth aged 11-16 years old to understand the barriers and opportunities of promoting healthy eating and a positive attitude to healthy food.

These findings helped Lambeth to come up with the right messages in the right format for young people which coud be used to encourage behaviour change and reduce inequality.

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