Branston’s outstanding education initiative for schoolchildren nationwide, Billy Branston’s Amazing Potato Factory, has welcomed its 20,000th pupil on board on Monday 10 October.
The milestone was reached as pupils at the Wild Bank Community School in Stalybridge, Cheshire enjoyed three days of activities for an education in food sourcing and healthy eating. The initiative, has seen a double decker bus converted into a fully functioning mobile classroom touring primary schools nationwide. The bus hosts a variety of activities where children can gain hands-on experience on how potatoes are grown and what goes on in a real life potato factory.
Activities on board the bus are tailored to fit with the Key Stage One and Two frameworks, with nutrition and healthy eating also playing an important role.
Jenny Callahan, deputy head teacher and Key Stage Two leader at Wild Bank Community School, said: “We've been on the waiting list for the Billy Branston Bus for a little while and were really excited to find out it was coming for a visit. Of course, we were absolutely delighted when we found out the 20,000th child would be from our school. Feedback about the visit from staff and pupils has been amazing and it's great that it has come at this time of year so we can link it back to Harvest.”
Year 4 & 5 pupils at the school we’re also excited to give their opinion. One pupil said: “The film was great, it was funny and showed me where potatoes come from. We knew chips were made from potatoes but we didn't know how the potatoes were made, the wedges were delicious too!”
James Truscott, Branston’s managing director, said: “When we first launched the initiative back in September 2014, our main hope was that we could communicate to schoolchildren nationwide about where their food comes from and the importance of potatoes in contributing to a healthy and balanced diet.
“Two years on from the launch we have welcomed our 20,000th child on board and we are delighted by the response we have had from both schools across the country and their pupils. We have seen the bus travel the full length and breadth of the country, from Aberdeen to Truro.”