Christine Irvine has been awarded the Catering Leeds Excellence award for Leader of the Year.
The award recognised the way Christine has led her team to improve meal provision in school over the past 12 months as a key part of a whole school drive to create a good school food culture at Queensway.
In addition, to this work Christine has also been involved in the Free Friday Breakfast cooking programmes in the school and food related events such as the Harvest Soup days.
Queensway Primary School has worked closely with the Fuel for School initiative, run by the Junk Food Project, since November 2015. It recently became more closely involved in the project when the School Council was invited to the launch of the Fuel for School pop up toasty shop in St John’s Centre, Leeds.
Each week left over food from local supermarkets is delivered to the school, where parents are asked to ‘pay as you feel’ in the pop up market at the front of school. The money raised is used in school to fund cooking programmes and a free Friday breakfast club for all pupils.
Following the launch, where the pupils met Freddie the Fox they were invited to run the shop over two further weeks in December.
Alun Davies, Queensway Headteacher, said: “This has been a fantastic opportunity for our pupils to learn about the importance of raising awareness of food wastage. Later in the year the School Council is going to use its new knowledge and skills to organise a pop up café and bistro in school.”