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Reach Academy was featured on Radio Five Live, Radio 4, in the Guardian and in the School Food Plan, which was announced this week. The article praised the schools commitment to fresh, delicious food eaten in a communal environment where staff eat with pupils. The authors of the government’s school food plan visited Reach in the Spring and Reach is one of the case studies they use:
Teachers eating with childrenIn every school we went to that had a good food culture – every single one – the teachers regularly ate lunch with the children. One of the best meals we had was at the Reach Academy in Feltham, south west London. The children sat at long tables, family style, with teachers scattered among them. Before the food was served, one of the teachers stood up and gave a short speech – almost like a secular grace – about the delicious meal we were about to enjoy. The food was then brought to the tables, and one child at each table was given the task of dishing it up.At our table, a group of year 7 children (several of whom had come to Reach after struggling at other schools) chatted to a teacher about what they would like to study at university. After lunch, a senior teacher stood up and thanked the cook for the food that had just been eaten. It was a wonderful example of how the dining hall can set the tone for the whole school, encouraging kindness, civility and a sense of togetherness.