One of the reasons children learn so well here at Woodcroft is because of our beautiful surroundings. And in autumn we feel it the most. We are located at the edge of Epping Forest, which is an ancient woodland that still belongs to the people of London.
Epping Forest was a royal hunting forest, but in the nineteenth century was earmarked for development. A local hero called Thomas Willingale campaigned for the preservation of Epping Forest and for its continued use as a beautiful public amenity and source of fuel for the local commoners.
Autumn is upon us, and as the colours in the school garden turn, so do our thoughts about food: to warming soups, stews and jacket potatoes.
We are looking to recruit a cook to provide meals for pupils, to develop our kitchens and allotment, and in the longer term provide food for our team.
Not many schools have a cast iron range cooker, but at Woodcroft our staff room is warmed by a working Aga and often the smell of baking reminds us that good food is central to our feeling of wellbeing. The staff room is sited in the former kitchen of Woodcroft house and it is an expression of the family ethos that underpins all of our work.
This year in particular we are promoting healthy eating, and our new appointment of an in-house cook will be at the heart of improving food culture across the school.
We aim to provide a balance of fresh, local, fair-trade and organic food for pupils and staff. Doing all this within a budget and to strict hygiene standards is not an easy task, but for an organised cook with relevant experience and a positive approach to healthy eating we think it will prove a very rewarding challenge.