English Martyrs’ Is Growing!

Healthy Eating, Healthy Mind, Healthy Body

Our cook preparing beetroot grown by the children!

Over the summer we have transformed our playground into an Edible Playground.  We have transformed the school grounds by creating lots of green space for the children, including a running track in the middle to get our children active.

The school grounds are now a vibrant outdoor space for playing, sport, growing and education!  By transforming our school into an oasis for growing fresh fruit and vegetables we are installing the principals of eating healthy food in our children, so we can tackle childhood obesity.

Once we have our first harvest we will be opening up the children’s kitchen (in our dining centre) to parents/carers so that they too can support the school in trying to encourage us in our campaign towards healthy eating.

Healthy eating and the new garden will become embedded in our school’s curriculum we will have gardening champions so all children will be involved in the garden.  Despite there being potentially some problems in having a two site school we are now proud to say that we have two beautiful gardens on each site and two greenhouses for propagation.  The whole process from seed to plate will shared with our children.  Let’s get growing!


  • 33% of UK primary school pupils believe pasta is made from meat and that cheese comes from plants*
  • 10% believe potatoes grow on trees*
  • 25% think fish fingers come from chicken or pigs*
  • Public Health England estimate that 28% of children between two and fifteen years old are obese
  • Diet related illnesses cost the NHS £10 billion every year
  • *British Nutrition Foundation 2013

Healthy Food Tasting Time!

English Martyrs now has an edible playground, we’re growing plants for the children to eat! In the pictures below, Year 1 and 2 have been tasting a variety of healthy foods! Which one was their favourite?

EMS Wormery!

EMS have now got a Wormery! Year 3 are supervising and have added the worms to their new home!
This will make compost for our garden, to keep our plants healthy.

Year Six get planting

Here are a couple of pictures of some of our year six pupils planting new crops for our edible garden.


More Images of our garden

Please click on the thumbnails for a larger view.

We have some lovely lettuces growing and are now ready to harvest. This week our lettuces have been given to our school cook and they have been prepared for pupils and staff to enjoy.  Our spinach is also ready to be harvested. We are so proud of all the hard work the pupils have input to looking after and maintaining our crops, it is lovely seeing them grow. 

Our plants and vegetables have been growing beautifully and we hope you parents have been noticing the hard work that the pupils have input and the nurturing they have shown.  Please see some updated photos of the pupils presenting the school cooks with their latest produce.