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Primary School Service

School meals offer a selection of freshly cooked main meals (that include a vegetarian option) and choice of pudding, fresh fruit or yoghurt, and salad available daily.

All meals are nutritionally balanced over the course of a three-weekly cycle and are served by helpful and understanding catering staff.

Children can sit down together and enjoy their meal while at the same time developing their social skills, which will help them in later life.

A well fed and happy child is more likely to be receptive to participating in the afternoon's activities.

The school meal aims to provide 35% of all essential nutritional requirements that will assist your child in leading a 'bright and healthy' lifestyle. Have the benefits of someone else preparing and cooking lunch for your child; it saves you worrying about a packed meal every day.

Primary School Menu 2021

The Government announced that all infants in England would receive Free School Lunches from September 2014. This means that Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 pupils receive a Free School Lunch.

Free primary school meals for all pupils was one of the recommendations of a review of school food by two founders of the Leon restaurant chain for the Department for Education.

It concluded that nearly all packed lunches were less nutritious than a cooked meal and that giving all children free school meals would raise academic standards.

It does not ban packed lunches but the aim is to encourage children to take a hot lunch and this of course will boost the number of children taking a hot dinner at lunchtime.

Our policy is to try and help pupils understand the different food groups and encourage them to try different foods as a means to maintain a balanced diet. We have included some guidance notes below.

  • Eat plenty of fibre-rich starchy foods such as bread, pasta, potatoes, rice and cereals, which provide energy as well as vitamins and minerals.
  • Try to eat at least FIVE portions of fruit and vegetables each day. These can be fresh, and will provide vitamins, minerals and fibre.
  • Eat and drink milk and dairy products. These are an important source of calcium, which is needed for bone development.
  • Eat moderate amounts of protein such as fish, chicken and alternative sources including beans and pulses. There has been a tendency to eat larger amounts of protein-rich foods in relation to other food groups, which is largely unnecessary.
  • Eat less fat, especially saturates, the type found in fatty meats, hard cheese, butter, cakes, pastries, biscuits and fried foods such as chips.
  • Choose reduced fat versions where possible. Eat sugar less often. To reduce the risk of tooth decay keep sweet foods to mealtimes only. Drink plenty of water.

Our Executive Development chef Andrew Ferguson works on projects to promote healthy eating with pupils.

If you have any medical, ethnic or religious dietary requirements, please contact the child's school.

The school will arrange a meeting with the parents, child, School Meals Service and the school's cook. If you have any further comments, or problems with the service, we would be pleased to hear from you on 01744 676725 or 01744 676817.

Throughout the year, parents and pupils will be asked to complete questionnaires, giving their views on improvements to the service.

These views and suggestions will be considered when developing new menus. We are constantly trying to improve the service; if you have any suggestions please contact us on the above number.