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What does SNAG stand for and what is its function?

SNAG stands for School Nutrition Action Group. It is essentially a working party, formed to help review the schools food culture and develop and implement an action plan to improve it. 


A SNAG should comprise representation from all those who have an interest in food in school. Typically this will include one staff member, a parent or a governor and any other staff that may feel appropriate e.g. chef or midday supervisor.  It should include around 4–6 children, ensuring a mix of boys and girls, some who have dinners and some who have packed lunches.


Our SNAG includes Miss Flint (Food for Life Co-ordinator), Mrs Davey (Staff member and Parent), Mrs Tucker (Forest Schools lead and Midday supervisor), Mrs Russell (Eco Warriors teacher and HLTA) and 6 children (2 from each class)  that will change every term. 

Due to COVID-19 we currently do not have a SNAG team in school. However children in school and out continue to work on Food for Life and Miss Flint continues to update our blog and progress.


If you think you may have done something related to Food for Life at home e.g.

Cooking/baking, growing, trying some new foods, doing something for the environment then please email information and pictures to info@westhouses.derbyshire.sch.uk

SNAG share a gift


Mrs Tucker alongside SNAG have created a  gift box for Blackwell Primary School to spread some joy. It includes recipes, seeds, a sweet pea plant and some poetry. 


SNAG Meeting 03.02.2020


Our SNAG groups change throughout the year and we want to thank the current SNAG group for all their hard work and effort. Certificates have been handed out the following pupils in celebration assembly.


  • Xander
  • Jack
  • Paiton
  • Rory
  • Maddy
  • Emmi
  • Corey 
  • Ava


The next SNAG team will be chosen by staff next term.



SNAG Meeting 21.01.2020

SNAG met to discuss the feedback from the suggestion box.

Suggestions included:


  • Food decorations to make the hall brighter
  • More choices
  • More information on lunchtimes
  • Parent Day
  • Music in the hall when we eat

Our Chef also got loads of compliments:

  • I enjoy out dinners
  • The food is really nice
  • I love fruit jelly
  • School dinners feed you up

The following was decided:

  • We will order/ create bright food related signs/art for our school hall
  • The choices for lunchtime and information the days/weeks/terms lunches will be displayed on view in school and on our website
  • Parent day will be implemented for each year throughout the school year
  • Calming music will be used to promote a healthy, happy eating environment and once a term (for good behavior) children can chose the music (e.g. pop music)

Next Meeting:

  • Thank you & Goodbye as this SNAG group comes to an end. 

SNAG made these amazing cakes for the Christmas Fair to show off some of our recipes you can make at home - they where a huge hit with parents and pupils!

SNAG Meeting 10.12.2019


Our SNAG team got together with our lunch time staff, Chef and Derbyshrie County Council Catering team to discuss our Food for Life Plans; short term and long term.


Summery of meeting:


Short term goals:

  • To create a suggestion box
  • To gather suggestions from both Parents and Pupils
  • To discuss and create these goals suggested by Parents/Pupil


Long term goals:

  • To have clear multi-cultural events linked with our dining to encourage pupils to try different foods.
  • To begin 'Welcome Wednesday' for parents to enjoy school meals with their children.
  • To continue with school picnics and 'special' events.
  • To bring a 'tuck shop' to encourage healthy eating in our pupils. 


Next meeting:

  • To discuss feedback from pupil suggestion box

2019 Parent Questionnaire results.

SNAG meeting 09.10.2019

Agenda for meeting:

  • Parent feedback
  • Pupil feedback
  • Dining hall 
  • Christmas Fair 


SNAG has designed a parent questionnaire and decided to create 2 suggestion boxes for in school. 

Do you think your children eat enough in school?

Does your child enjoy school meals?

Do you think school caters to your child's needs e.g. allergies?

Are school meals healthy?

Is there anything you think we can improve on?


They have nominated 2 members of the team to stand up in assembly to let the pupils know about Food for Life and they suggestion boxes. 


They will also be creating something to sell at the Christmas Fair with Mrs Davey - details to follow.


SNAG has devised some 'rules' for the dining hall that they will design into a poster. 

Please keep your voices quiet (no shouting)

Try and use your knife and fork

Be kind to your servers

Always have a go and try new food

Remember your manners 


Next meeting:

  • To look at the results of our parent and pupil feedback
  • To begin to implement changes suggested from parents/pupils 
  • To decide what we will be making/selling with Mrs Davey

What SNAG have been doing

Our SNAG ambassador have been to Matlock Meadows farm for Derbyshire’s Food for Life celebration day. 

SNAG meeting 27.06.2019


In our first ever SNAG meeting we brainstormed ideas to help us achieve our Bronze award. We then discussed how we could implement these in school. 


Meet out current SNAG team!