Hackney primary schools to be offered lessons at the Hackney School of Food next school year

As part of the Mayor of Hackney, Philip Glanville’s, mission to end food poverty in Hackney’s schools, we are excited to announce that all Hackney primary schools will have the opportunity to send their year 3 pupils for a free half-day lesson at the Hackney School of Food (HSoF) next year.

During these lessons, the children will learn how food is grown and how to cook their own seasonal dishes from highly skilled food educators, in HSoF’s purpose-built teaching kitchen and garden.

Dates will be allocated to schools on a first-come, first-served basis, so complete the booking form or email hello@hackneyschooloffood.com quoting ‘mayor’s classes’ to book your school’s free classes now!

Read the Hackney Citizen article.

School Booking Enquiry

Please fill the form to enquire about your school booking


Key information for Mayor’s classes:

Who can attend?

This offer is open to all Hackney primary schools.

Each Hackney primary school has the opportunity to send one year group (up to three classes) for a free class at the Hackney School of Food.

It is suggested that year 3 classes are sent as part of this offer but if schools want to send another year group that is fine – just let the HSoF know.

All classes delivered as part of the Mayor’s food poverty strategy need to be delivered before 31 March 2024.

What happens in a HSoF cooking class?

HSoF cooking lessons are planned to directly support the progression of any individual school’s DT curriculum. Lessons can also be created to link in with other areas of the curriculum and cultural events, such as History, Diwali or Spanish, providing a cross-curricular approach to cooking and nutrition.

Each half day session at the School of Food:

  • builds children’s knowledge and understanding of nutrition, food and cooking
  • build children’s confidence and interest in food, cooking and gardening
  • provides children with a safe and welcoming space to try new activities and develop skills
  • builds awareness of different food cultures
  • encourages team and partner working
  • meets schools’ National Curriculum cooking requirements
    Booking logistics

    The Hackney School of Food kitchen holds up to 30 children allowing whole classes to attend at once.

    Morning classes run between 10am – 12pm. Afternoon classes run between: 1pm – 3pm.

    Classes can be booked by teachers or other staff members such as business managers.

    Fill in this form to book your school’s classes.

    Getting to the Hackney School of Food

    All lessons take place in our purpose-built kitchen and gardens on Oswald Street, E5 0BT.

    The 242 bus stops right outside. Other local buses are a short walk away too.

    We can organise a minibus to collect schools from across the borough. Just let us know on your booking form if you would like to use it.

    Allergens and diets

    The HSoF is a nut-free site.

    We can accommodate allergies and specialist diets if notified in advance.


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