Kitchen staff cook up pair of awards

Hygiene award for the kitchen staff at Stockingate Mill school, South Kirkby.'L to R) Christine Needham, Karina Finney, Mr Whitaker, Jean Watkins, Katrina Tolley.'h7008a147
Hygiene award for the kitchen staff at Stockingate Mill school, South Kirkby.'L to R) Christine Needham, Karina Finney, Mr Whitaker, Jean Watkins, Katrina Tolley.'h7008a147

CELEBRATIONS were rife at Stockingate Mill Junior School as the kitchen staff received two awards for their hard work.

The team were given the Eat Well award on Monday for their dedication to creating healthy and nutritious meals for the pupils by Wakefield Council

Head cook Jean Watkins at the South Kirkby school said she was delighted to have been recognised for the work they did.

She said: “Healthy eating is so important as it teaches children good habits.”

The group of women create their meals from scratch, using fresh meat and vegetables.

Mrs Watkins, who has worked at the school for eight years, said: “Meals are much better these days compared with when I was at school because of the salt and sugar that was in meals.”

They also received a hygiene award - gaining five stars in the national Scores on the Doors scheme - the highest grade possible.

The team were monitored cooking food, and were also marked on the cleanliness of the kitchen as well as how food is stored.

Headteacher Hazel Winter said: “These awards are all great news for our school dinners. And it is all due to the hard work of Mrs Watkins and her dedicated team.”