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Winter 2008-09 

We are proud to announce that our Chicken fillets and thighs now carry the red Tractor Logo. Here is why, and what it means...

- Red Tractor is the No 1 assurance mark for high standards of food safety and hygiene, animal welfare and environmental protection.

- the Union flag in the logo guarantees the food has come from British farms and all Red Tractor food can be traced back to the farms it came from

- independant audits at every link in the supply chain check the meat has been produced with care and has met strict standards.

Autumn 2008

The year of Food and Farming has drawn to a close, however there are still many projects going on in schools that were started this year. Please continue to let us know about any cooking or growing that's going on in your school and we will put it on our My School Lunch website. In the mean time here is the chance for you to look back on all the things that have gone on this year.

July 2008

Pupils at South Farnham School have been reaping the rewards of all their hard work in the spring term. Pupils prepared the an allotment are at the school, sowed seeds and have been watching them grow ever since. Each day pupils take fresh vegetables and salad items up to the school kitchen, where they are prepared and served as part of the school lunch. Pictured below are pupils showing off their freshly cut lettuces.

Lettuces being taken to the kitchen

   In the kitchen 







June 2008 

Coming up in Surrey  

20th-28th September 2008- Surrey Farm and Village Week

March 2008

Surrey Commercial Services are pleased to announce that two of our schools have be recognised as flagship schools for the Food for Life Partnership.

The Food for Life Partnership is a network of schools and communities across England that are commited to changing food culture. The aim is to revolutionise school meals, reconnect young people with where their food comes from and inspire more families to grow their own food. 

The partnership were looking for schools and caterers with the commitment and enthusiasm to improve food culture in the school and in the wider community. St James'  Primary School in Elstead, and West Byfleet Junior School met these criteria and were annonced as flagship schools in the 5 year partnership in February.

We'll have more news from the schools as the scheme progresses.

Local Produce

The term local produce has been taken to a new level in a number of Surrey Schools where they have been growing food at the school and then preparing and serving it as part of the school lunch. Whether its enhancing the Salad bar at St James school Elstead with carrots and salad greens grown in their polly tunnel or potato and salad at Grayswood Infant School grown in their raised vegetable beds.

This has proved to be an excellent way to help educate children about where their food comes from. Michelle Baldwin of Folly Hill School in Farnham where they have a vegetable patch tended by the caretaker, and pupils, says that she has thoroughly enjoyed helping the pupils to harvest the food and explaining to them how she will cook it. The children are keen to give the homegrown veggies a try.

We know many more schools are trying their hand at gardening if you are one of them please get in touch and let us know all about it.

girl holding school grown produce

Above: a girl holding produce grown at her school


We recognise the benefits of local procurement and we are actively involved in a local sourcing project under the ‘Public Sector Food Procurement Initiative' We also support the use of organic products wherever appropriate and our current menu includes sausages form a company called ‘Pure Organics' who are based in Hampshire.

Surrey Commercial Services objective is to increase the level of regional food on school menus and our Food Purchasing and Development Manager, Kym Petit has been working closely with the South East Food Group Partnership (SEFGP) to this end.  

Thinking of growing your own potatoes?

The British Potato Council are offering schools the chance to join in the Grow Your Own Potatoes Project. Schools can register on their website and will be sent all you need to grow your potatoes in the spring.

Go to: for more information

Cooking projects:

Thinking of cooking with your school? The School Food Trust's 'Lets get cooking' initiative is now up and running. The initiative is backed by many celebrities, in the aim to get young people in the kitchen and cooking. If you would like to set up a cooking club, or find out more go to:

The Home Grown Cereals Authority has some great resources available to schools such as following grain from to kicthen and cooking activities such as bread and cake making. Order you FREE resources at

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