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Healthy eating and drinking

posted 10 Jun 2013, 03:11 by Web Admin   [ updated 10 Jun 2013, 03:15 ]
Submitted by admin.rpa on Wed, 05/23/2012 - 11:48

Dear Parent or Carer

You may have noticed on letterheads and at the foot of our website's home page that Richmond Park Academy has the Healthy School logoHealthy Schools Award. We take this very seriously and we know that parents and carers do too.  To support this, the academy’s PE curriculum includes a wide range of sports.  In addition, we offer a plethora of after-school sports activities so that all children can find some physical activity that they enjoy.  All Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9) students do food technology which teaches about and encourages healthy eating.

You may have heard that, currently, academies are exempt from the obligation to follow nutritional levels which have been mandatory for maintained schools since 2008; I would like to reassure you that at RPA our Catering Manager follows the 2008 guidelines to ensure our students eat healthily.  You may also have heard that Jamie Oliver, England football international Steven Gerrard, and a number of nutritional experts are campaigning for the government to do more to encourage good diet and exercise.

RPA's mantra is "to make our best better" and we know this is easier to achieve if children are eating and drinking healthily.  As you will know, RPA tries very hard to work with parents to support your child to succeed.  Our online payment system means that your child does not need money for food during the day at all.  However, many do come in with cash - and spend it on sweets, crisps and fizzy drinks in the shop by the bus stop, thereby undermining the healthy messages we are trying to communicate.  We would like to ask parents and carers, therefore, to actively discourage their child from bringing in and/or purchasing:

  • Crisps or similar
  • Fizzy drinks
  • Sweets and other packaged confectionery

In school, we will support your efforts through assemblies, lessons and talks.  I am sure you will be as delighted as we will be to see a reduction in litter, which will be a pleasing by-product if we are successful in reducing the amount of pre-packaged foods children bring in.

With a view to encouraging healthy eating, we are considering banning students from bringing in any of the above items. We do, however as always, want to work in partnership with parents/carers as your views are important to us.  We would therefore welcome your opinions on this proposal by emailing  If parents are in favour of this ban, we will introduce it from September 2012.

Lesley Kirby