A BURTON school for children with special educational needs has received an award for its healthy eating after school club.
The Fountains High School, in Bitham Lane, received the Golden Spoon Award, for its Lets Get Cooking club, which is run by the Children’s Food Trust.
The club, which teaches pupils how to prepare and cook healthy meals, runs after school every Tuesday.
Melsa Buxton, executive head teacher at the Fountains High School, said: “We are extremely proud of the award because of the pupils and staff who run the club have put a lot of hard work in.
“We have children stay behind and taught about healthy foods, cooking and how to cook healthy meals.”
The school provide education for children with moderate and server learning difficulties, children with profound and multiple learning difficulties and children who have autistic spectrum disorders.
Mrs Buxton said the club will help the students live independent lives after leaving school.
She said: “With pupils in our high school it is important they are able to leave the school and are as independent as they can possibly be.
“We teach them how to use healthy fresh ingredients, about nutrition, economy and how much a healthy meals cost.”
The Children’s Food Trust has set up more than 5,000 Let’s Get Cooking clubs across the UK after it received Big Lottery Funding in 2007.
Mrs Buxton said that healthy food does not have to expensive to cook.
She said: “A lot of processed food is expensive. If you bought four meals of spaghetti bolognese I don’t know exactly how much that would cost but to make it with the healthy and fresh ingredients would be cheaper than the ready meals.