In July 2014, Croydon and Lambeth were awarded “Flagship Food Borough” status. This was part of a new initiative created by the Mayor, the Greater London Authority and the DfE. The reasons for this initiative are:
· To address concerns around the increasing evidence of obesity and the onset of Type 2 diabetes in the population
· To increase the general health and achievement of children and young people by using schools as a starting point to change the culture of food within the borough
The ‘Croydon School Food Plan’ was created to support schools with this initiative and schools were invited to apply to become Flagship Schools. These Flagship Schools will be supported to become exemplars of good practice in relation to food and healthy lifestyles in schools. The expectation will be that they pilot, model and share best practice with other schools across the Greater London Authority
At Rockmount we are very aware of the strong link between nutrition, health and academic performance and we are committed to educating our school community in how to live healthy, balanced lifestyles in order to maximise learning opportunities throughout life.
We were thrilled to learn that Rockmount Primary School has been selected to become a Lead Food Flagship School.
We are one of only 2 Croydon primary schools chosen for this honour which is due to the commitment we have already shown to improving the health, fitness and academic achievement of our pupils.
We are now looking forward to working with the Croydon Healthy Schools Team to develop an action plan for the coming year. We will share the exciting developments with you in the near future