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Children enjoy healthy meals at Severn View Academy

posted 24 Feb 2017, 07:43 by Helen Murrie   [ updated 24 Feb 2017, 07:43 ]

 Children at Severn View Primary Academy have been enjoying healthy, home-cooked meals, thanks to an innovative project introduced 18 months ago.  Now this arrangement is due to go permanent.

The healthy meals project was the brainwave of governors, the Headteacher and parent, Debbie Young, following visits and meetings with The Cotswold Chef Rob Rees in his kitchen at Star College.  Inspired by what was seen there the school governors gave Debbie the thumbs up to trial the project at Severn View. This project was an exciting and innovative way forward aiming at providing healthy meals for pupils and members of the community. The key to this innovation was to use surplus foods from local businesses based on what was Rob Rees’ model at Star College and the ‘Wiggly Worm’ charity (which Rees founded, and which seeks to use food to create better life chances for the disadvantaged).  At the time this was to enable a reduction in food waste whilst providing tasty and varied meals that were cooked daily from scratch. However, such a model at that point had not been tried by a primary school. Keen to give this opportunity a go, Debbie launched herself into establishing links with many providers sourcing high quality vegetable and meats locally.

As an active proponent of social media and also a councillor with Stroud District Council, Debbie quickly raised the profile of the project, bringing it to the attention of TV producers, MPs and many visitors to see how this worked in reality. The project’s developing success has been followed by many on Twitter and Facebook.

The project, which has seen an ever-increasing number of pupils taking meals each week, is now being adopted by the school on a permanent basis, following some small adjustments to the model identified during the project phase.  Debbie herself is going to seek out new horizons whilst continuing to carry out her important work with her numerous community responsibilities, and she goes with the school’s warmest thanks for having set the project on such a sure footing.

Meanwhile the governors are pleased to be able to announce that the project will continue to flourish with a new chef at the helm. Niko Mitropulos will pick up the chef’s hat and ladle in March following Debbie’s departure.  The good work started by Debbie will be continued, providing the children and the community at Severn View with healthy meals cooked from scratch.   

Severn View has been rated Excellent!

posted 11 Nov 2016, 07:28 by Helen Murrie   [ updated 11 Nov 2016, 07:29 ]

New Biodome

posted 9 Sep 2016, 02:27 by Helen Murrie   [ updated 9 Sep 2016, 07:58 ]

We are very excited that Wednesday the 14th of September sees our new Biodome going up! This will create a fabulous all year round outdoor learning space for the children. We also want to say a huge thank you to staff at Tesco's for giving us a whole day of their time volunteering in our gardens to get the site ready for Monday.

Green Party Visit

posted 18 May 2016, 04:00 by Helen Murrie

We had a  wonderful surprise when Natalie Bennett, leader of the Green Party, turned up to see what we are doing here at Severn View! She'd heard such interesting things about our school's projects she just had to pop in to find out more! She loves our BioDome project!

Educational Outcomes Award

posted 10 May 2016, 04:38 by Helen Murrie

We are delighted to announce that Severn View Primary has achieved the SSAT  National Award for Children's Progress - top 10%. This means that Severn View has enabled children to make progress in Reading, Writing and Maths which is significantly higher than the national average and is amongst the top 10% of schools nationally.

Stroud Mock Trials

posted 11 Mar 2016, 05:58 by Helen Murrie

We are so proud - Larch Class have just competed in the Mock Trials held at Ebley House.
They were competing against other Stroud Primary Schools and Larch Class won their case!

School League Table Results

posted 11 Dec 2015, 02:03 by Helen Murrie   [ updated 11 Dec 2015, 02:04 ]

 Gloucestershire primary school league tables have been released and the  average for all primary schools across the county was 83%, above the Local Authority average of 81%. Severn View Primary Academy has achieved 92% placing it well above both the county and national average across the board.
Well done to all the staff and pupils at the school for all their hard work! 

Cedar and Larch Christmas Celebration

posted 1 Dec 2015, 03:09 by Helen Murrie   [ updated 1 Feb 2016, 02:23 ]

Cedar and Larch will be holding their Christmas Celebrations on the evening of the 17th December.
Time has yet to be confirmed.

Maple and Beech Nativity Play

posted 1 Dec 2015, 03:07 by Helen Murrie   [ updated 1 Dec 2015, 03:12 ]

The Key Stage 1 Nativity Play will be held at school on the 16th December at 9.30 
Coffee and mince pies will be served.

Dogs Trust Assembly

posted 20 Nov 2015, 02:34 by Helen Murrie

 This Monday 23rd November we have the Dogs Trust coming in for assembly. 
They will be teaching all the children how to approach dogs safely.

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