Recipe for change…
While school meals have improved significantly since the dark days of turkey twizzlers, it appears making food healthier is only half the battle for the majority of schools and colleges. In fact, your school dining room can also make an important contribution to your Ofsted inspection.
To support a new Ofsted judgement on personal development, inspectors now visit the dining space to review the atmosphere and culture and their effect this has on pupils’ behaviour. So it’s important you find solutions to any lunchtime issues.
Research suggests that children are more likely to eat a healthy meal at school if they have somewhere nice to sit and eat. Therefore, providing a school dining environment that is aesthetically pleasing can play a vital role.
So, what makes a good dining space? Good interior design of course… At Whitespace we have worked closely with a number of schools and colleges across the North West to design and install suitable dining facilities; more recently it was the turn of one of the Country’s leading educational establishments, Bolton School.
We were invited to work alongside architects Cassidy & Ashton to redesign and furnish the Girl’s Division dining facility at this prestigious school.
Our goal was to deliver a facility to relax, inspire and above all encourage students to use it. The scheme was developed through a series of workshops, where pupils and staff sampled different seating options before agreeing on their preferred design. Read the case study in full here.
Providing a place for every pupil to sit and eat their meal at a table with their friends not only demonstrates a commitment to student’s well-being, it can also encourage interaction and social skills.
There are numerous factors that contribute to a positive dining experience. If you’re looking to improve yours we are on hand to offer expert advice and help you design an environment that impacts positively on the students and the school.
If you feel your dining area is in need of refurbishment, or needs that extra something, call us on 03300 415 119 for more information on the services we provide.