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Healthy eating at school

​​​​​All food in schools must meet nutritional standards so that children have healthy, balanced diets.

You may be entitled to free school meals if you're on a low income.

Benefits of good food at school

There is evidence that food eaten by young people at school affects their behaviour and ability to learn. By committing to a regular school meal you can be sure your child is eating well at lunchtime. So what are the benefits of enjoying a school lunch?

  • All menus are nutritionally balanced and conform to the government's national nutritional guidelines.
  • Children can sit down together and enjoy their meal, whilst at the same time developing those social skills of eating together that are so important in later life.
  • A well-fed and happy child is more likely to be receptive to participating in the afternoon's activities.
  • Someone else prepares and cooks lunch for your child, which saves you worrying about a packed meal every day.

Free school meals for Key Stage 1

You may be aware that all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are entitled to a free school meal.

Should you choose to take up this entitlement, your child will receive a two-course meal of either: a meat or vegetarian hot meal, or packed lunch, or a jacket potato and salad, or a sandwich with salad/veg plus a dessert.

Children in years 3, 4, 5 and 6 do not qualify.  2-course meals will still be available to free school meal children in these year groups, and other children at a price set by your school.

Primary school menus

Each school's menu will differ depending on the needs of the children and many offer halal choices. Below is a small selection of the meals that Facilities Management offer to pupils.

Autumn/WinterChicken pie
Vegetable pizza
Wellington fudge cake
Lamb Rogan Josh
rice/pitta bread
Salmon fish pie
Jelly and fruit
Roast beef penne arrabiata and crusty bread
Roast potatoes
Broccoli, green beans peas
Cornflake tart
Cottage pie and red cabbage
Wholemeal garlic
Rice pudding
Vegetable tikka swirl
Fish fingers
Mashed potatoes
Chocolate banana muffin
Spring/SummerChicken fajita tacos
Vegetable quiche
Jacket wedges
Syrup sponge
Meatballs in tomato sauce and rice
Salmon salt and vinegar fillet
Pommes noisettes
Garden peas
Orange and cinnamon muffin
Chicken tikka mayo or sweet chilli chicken wrap
Ratatouille pasta bake with garlic bread
Side salad/seasoned wedges
Roast Beef and Yorkshire pudding
Pizza puff
Mashed potatoes
Summer fruit crumble
Savoury mince hash
Fish fingers
Oven chips
Mushy peas
Chocolate fudge pudding

​Served​​ daily

Filled baked potatoes, salad bar, sandwiches, wholemeal bread basket, fresh fruit, yoghurt milk and biscuit.

Healthy packed lunches

Not every child eats a school meal and many prefer to bring a packed lunch. If you're preparing a packed lunch, we would ask that you please take care with what goes into it.

Sample packed lunch

We can provide a packed lunch for your child consisting of 5 items which will vary depending on the school. Lunches include: a sandwich, drink, fruit, yoghurt, cake and biscuit.

Below is a helpful checklist for a healthy packed lunch:

  • A good portion of starchy food, for example thick wholemeal bread, malt loaf, chapatti​, pitta pocket, pasta or rice salad.
  • 2 portions of fruit and vegetables, for example, fruit chunks in natural juice or​ small box of raisins.
  • A portion of milk or dairy food for example, individual cheese portion or pot of yoghurt.
  • A portion of lean meat, fish or alternative, such as ham, chicken, beef, tuna, egg, hummus, bean or lentil salad.
  • A drink, for example fruit juice, milk or plain water (still or fizzy).

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