School Meals, Packed Lunches and School Milk

School Meals

Are governed by set nutritional standards and provide balanced meals prepared daily on the school site. A vegetarian option is always offered and where appropriate there is an option catering for religious and cultural standards.  All children eat together in the school hall and are provided with fresh water. Our current menu runs over a three week period, returning to week one:

Meals are paid for through the office and details of the price and payment system can be obtained from there.  All children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are entitled to a free school meal.  You will need to inform the school office if you are not taking up this offer.

Our Chef Tracy has created a superb salad bar choice and since her arrival children are excited by the flavours and choice they now receive.  Waste has been reduced dramatically, a sure sign of popularity in a school kitchen!

Packed Lunches

Our aim is to ensure with your help our children eat a sensible and balanced diet. For packed lunches we suggest you follow the guidance given below.

  • at least one portion of fruit and one portion of vegetables.
  • meat, fish or other source of non-dairy protein (e.g. lentils, kidney beans, chick peas, hummus and falafel)
  • meat products such as sausage rolls, individual pies, corned meat and sausages / chipolatas should be included only occasionally.
  • oily fish, such as salmon, at least once every three weeks for balance
  • a starchy food such as any type of bread, pasta, rice, couscous, noodles, potatoes or other type of cereals.
  • a dairy product such as milk, cheese, yoghurt, fromage frais or custard.
  • cakes and biscuits are allowed but encourage your child to eat these only as part of a balanced meal.
  • drinks should only be water, fruit juice, semi-skimmed or skimmed milk, yoghurt or milk drinks and smoothies.

Please do not include:

  • any items containing nuts
  • confectionery such as chocolate bars, chocolate-coated biscuits and sweets.

We operate a strict no nut policy to avoid the difficulties of allergic reaction. It is a very easy approach and should not limit in any way the food you provide.

The school also recognises that some pupils may require special diets that do not allow for the standards to be met exactly. In this case parents are urged to be responsible in ensuring that packed lunches are as healthy as possible. For these reasons pupils are also not permitted to swap food items.

Snacks for Break Time

Year R to Year 2 receive fruit through a European Union scheme. As this scheme does not cover Years 3 to 6, we do encourage you to send in a piece of suitable fruit for morning break for these older children.

We also believe that it is important for children to have access to water during the day. Please provide a named water bottle.  Children can fill up their bottles throughout the day at appropriate times.

School Milk

If your child is below 5 they will be entitled to a free third of a litre each day until they reach five.

If they receive a free meal, that’s sadly not the universal offer for years 1 to 2, but for those claiming support, they too are entitled to free milk.

For everyone else the service provides for a third of a pint of semi skimmed milk daily, kept refrigerated.  This works out at 22p per day or around £15 a term.  To take advantage of this service you need to register, simply go to www.coolmilk.com.    A copy of the parent mail letter is attached here, along with facts about milk.  To start milk please register asap with the company website  www.coolmilk.com.

Mid-morning snack time factsheet (Dr Hilary)

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