The Spinney Primary School in Cherry Hinton boasts a warm and welcoming environment, as well as “outstanding” reports from Ofsted two years in a row.
“The school’s mission statement is “Teaching and Learning Together” and this is central to our ethos. The Spinney’s on-going success is a team effort and we all work hard to ensure that the children have a positive learning experience every day. ” – Rachel Snape, Head Teacher
The Spinney School has a kitchen garden which is overseen by James Ingram and cultivated by the children. The children take turns in helping James to plant, nurture and harvest produce such as potatoes, onions, carrots and raspberries.
Year five children also grow wheat, which is eventually made into flour and baked into bread, as part of a hands-on class project. Produce from the garden is either used for making school lunches or for cooking classes. In the future the children hope to increase the range of what they grow and put more of it towards the school kitchen.
The school’s lunches are provided by Lunchtime UK, a Cambridge-based supplier of healthy school lunches which makes a point of using locally-sourced and healthy ingredients. The eating habits of the children are very healthy; the younger classes participate in the fruit for schools scheme, and the older children bring fruit or vegetables at snack time. Education about healthy diets are an important part of everyday education.