Little Ilford School works hard to instil the benefits of health and wellbeing into their students and to that end run a Healthy Schools Week twice a year and promote a healthy lifestyle. To this end we have been accredited under the TFL Stars scheme at gold level for our promotion of more walking, cycling and use of public transport for school travel.
Youth Travel Ambassadors
Little Ilford School’s Youth Travel Ambassadors were recently successful in securing £250 worth of funding to promote their Active Travel Campaign. Their aim was to focus on improving anti-social behaviour on buses and promoting active travel to help reduce overcrowding on buses.
They delivered assemblies to Y7-10 to raise awareness of the campaign and launched the Oyster wallet design competition. The winning entry, by Madalina in 7.10, is to be professionally printed; one will go to the winner and the rest will be awarded to students nominated by their teachers for achievement.
The ambassadors were then invited to the London Transport Museum to share their experience and information with other schools taking part and to update on how their campaigns were going. They were then treated to a delicious lunch and a chance to look around the museum.
Healthy Schools Week
Once again Healthy Schools Week events kicked off with our Healthy Travel Card Scheme, where students and staff were encouraged to cycle into school throughout the week to increase their physical activity levels.
The Youth Travel ambassadors worked tirelessly throughout the week to ensure their messages to promote more active travel and a healthier lifestyle were consistently at the forefront.
There was an amazing spread of healthier choice meals and fresh fruit deserts to choose from daily, freshly prepared by Sue the Catering Manager and her team. Feedback from staff and students was really positive.
The highlights of the week were the Cycle or Jog to school day, a bike kit sale and a disco bike provided by Jeremy our resident cycle officer from Sustrans and a Fitness/Cycling session for students, staff and parents organised by the YTAs. Students and staff were rewarded with a free healthy breakfast for their efforts.
The stationary disco bike provided great entertainment throughout the day, blasting out the latest hits as students and staff pedalled. Fun was had by all ….. A great end to another positive week!
Juniper Ventures, the catering provider at Little Ilford School, fully supports the school’s endeavours to promote a Health and Wellbeing message by offering healthy, nutritious and value for money food and drinks. The catering service also promotes healthy lifestyle choices by supporting Healthy Schools Week and other events by serving ‘healthy highlights’ such as serving smoothies to all and inviting suppliers to run taster events, allowing students to sample healthy food options that may not be available otherwise.
Food served at the school meets School Food Standards which ensures a wide variety of healthy and tasty food is served throughout the day, in a pleasant environment where meals can be shared with friends. Most of the food served is cooked on site in the school kitchen by experienced & friendly staff and is from fresh & sustainable ingredients free from additives.
Daily choices begin with a solid start at breakfast offering choice of cereals and cooked items. At morning break, popular and tasty snacks are available. Lunchtime choices are varied and diverse. Firm favourites like traditional roasts & curry dishes can found alongside more exotic menu choices from around the world. Popular and healthy wraps and pasta take-away dishes are served with healthy salad options. Favourite desserts, often served with custard, can be found next to healthy and tasty fruit & yogurt options. The school also provides free fruit weekly to allow access and opportunity to healthy choices to all the school.
Sustrans is a sustainable transport charity which promotes active travel and in particular cycling to school throughout the year.
· Some of the initiatives undertaken so far include:
· Girls Bike Club – Promoting more activity amongst teenage girls
· Bike Kit Sales – giving students and staff the opportunity to purchase essential equipment for their bikes at reasonable prices
· Dr Bike Sessions – Mechanics come into school offering free safety checks on student and staff bikes
· Ride to school – a healthy travel card is given to all students who ride to school which includes a free healthy breakfast
· BMX Bike ride – Trip to Olympic Park – reward trip for Youth Travel Ambassadors