Dr Jason O'Rourke

Dr Jason O'Rourke

Headteacher of Washingborough Academy,
School Food - The Ninth Lesson

During his time at the school, it, has gained national and international recognition for the curriculum it has developed, which puts healthy living and food education at the forefront of children’s learning.

The school are the only in-house school caterer to have been awarded the Soil Association’s Gold Catering Mark.

Jason is the UK representative on the SAPERE International Board, co-founder and trustee of the food education charity TastEd, and a member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on School Food. He was the winner of the Educatering School Food Plan Awards in 2016 and The Caroline Walker Trust Food Hero of The Year 2019.

Jason regularly speaks nationally and internationally on the influence that schools can have on teaching the next generation about food sustainability and expanding children’s food education skills and knowledge.

Jason’s doctorate focused on Food Education and School Leadership.