This term, Salford City Academy are partnering with four local primary schools to launch an innovative ‘Plot to Plate’ programme, designed to support Year 6 pupils as they transition to secondary school.
The programme is funded by Salford City Council and NHS Salford CCG, with support from Salford CVS, as part of a new Healthy Schools Transition Fund. The fund was established to facilitate partnerships between local primary and secondary schools, enabling them to develop in pupils the life skills, confidence and resilience they need as they prepare to enter secondary school.
Having been successfully chosen as one of the fund’s lead secondary schools, Salford City Academy will be working closely with Barton Moss Primary School, Beech Street Primary School, Godfrey Ermen Memorial Primary School and Westwood Park Community Primary School.
The academy developed its ‘Plot to Plate’ programme alongside two community organisations, Cracking Good Food and Incredible Education. Harnessing the school’s success in food and technology, as well as their partners’ expertise in green cooking and horticulture, the initiative aims to teach pupils how they can lead a healthy, happy and sustainable lifestyle.
As part of the programme, pupils will get the opportunity to engage in a range of new and exciting experiences. This will include learning how to cook nutritious homemade meals and building teamwork skills through outdoor forest school activities. The academy is also looking to source a brand-new catering truck which will allow pupils and staff to make visits in the local community to encourage healthy cooking and eating. The project will run from the 2021 Summer Term through to the 2022 Spring Term.
Ben Spedding, Head Teacher at Beech Street Primary School, said:
“We are very excited to be a part of this programme. Transitioning from primary school to secondary school can be a daunting experience for our young people. Having access to an opportunity like this will not only help to make that transition as smooth as possible, but it will teach our pupils new and important life skills that they can take forward with them into their adult lives.”
Melanie Haselden, Principal at Salford City Academy, said:
“At Salford City Academy, we are committed to supporting our local community and always strive to make a positive impact on the people and places around us. We are therefore delighted to be able to deliver this programme, supporting our local pupils as they embark on their journey from primary to secondary school.
“It is thanks to the support of our excellent local partner organisations, as well as the generous grant we have received from the Healthy Schools Transitions Fund, that we are able to roll out such an exciting initiative. We look forward to continuing to strengthen our position at the heart of the community in the months and years to come.”