Award Criteria

Food for Life awards are centred around four areas of development, which link to the criteria and create an action framework for your school:

  • Food Quality
  • Food Leadership and Food Culture
  • Food Education
  • Community and Partnerships

Here’s just a summary of what your school will achieve to get an award at each of the levels – you can read the full bronze criteria here.

BRONZE schools:
  • Have committed to improve their school food culture by developing a school food policy.
  • Meet the Bronze Food for Life Catering Mark which shows that school food is healthy and uses seasonal ingredients that are at least 75% freshly prepared 
  • Involve pupils and parents in planning improvements to school menus and the lunchtime experience, boosting school meal take-up
  • Give every pupil the opportunity to visit a local farm, and take part in cooking and food growing activity.
SILVER schools:
  • Serve school meals on proper crockery, not plastic ‘flight trays’
  • Meet the Silver Food for Life Catering Mark which shows that school food is healthy, ethical, and uses some local and organic ingredients
  • Have a cooking club, where pupils get to cook with and eat the produce grown in the school growing area
  • Involve parents and the wider community to get involved in food education via food-themed events
  • Our food is healthy, ethical, and uses local ingredients. We use a minimum of 5% organic ingredients in our menus.
GOLD schools:
  • Act as hubs for their local community, actively involving parents and community groups in cooking and growing activities 
  • Meet the Gold Food for Life Catering Mark which shows the food served is healthy, ethical, uses lots of local ingredients and is animal and climate friendly, including a minimum of 15% organic and 5% free range 
  • Pupils choosing to eat a school meal is the norm
  • Are actively involved in the life of a local farm and active in planning and growing organic food for the school.

"The Food for Life award framework supports schools to take a stepped approach to transforming food culture"

Criteria and Guidance

Download the Bronze Food for Life Schools Award Criteria and Guidance here

Criteria and guidance

Download the Silver and Gold Food for Life Schools Award Criteria and Guidance here

Silver and Gold criteria and guidance

Top Tip

If your school is working towards or has achieved a Food for Life award, be sure to make the criteria easily available to parents, so they can see all the fantastic work you are doing. Why not link to the criteria on your website or in a school newsletter?

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