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School Lunches and Packed Lunches

Lunch Procedures

School Lunches

As a healthy school, we pride ourselves on the healthy meals we provide and the healthy packed lunches that parents and carers send in.  Our gardening club provides fresh herbs for use in the school lunches in the summer months.

School meals are cooked in our own kitchen and served on a cafeteria basis. Children have a varied choice of food. A menu for the week is always available on the table in the Foyer.  You can also follow the link below to the Caterlink website. 

Children may be entitled to free meals depending on domestic circumstances and age. All children in Reception, Y1 and Y2 are entitled to a free school lunch. Application forms are available from the school office and below. We strongly encourage you to apply for free meals if you are entitled to them. It is very important for the school that we know who is entitled to a free lunch even if you decide to give your child a packed lunch.

Payment for school meals should be sent to school in an envelope on the first day of the week for meals to be eaten during the week. We encourage you to pay the exact amount. Alternatively, payment can be made by cheque on a half termly basis. You will be informed of the exact cost when your child starts school.

The cost of a school lunch from 14th September 2015 will be £2.30 a day (£11.50 a week)

Children may bring a packed lunch. Lunch boxes should be clearly labelled with the child's name. We ask that you follow the guidelines in your starter pack for what should be in a packed lunch.

If you wish to change your child from a school lunch to a packed lunch or from a packed lunch to a school lunch, we ask that you inform the office immediately in writing, giving them a week’s notice before the change over.

"Our school meals are healthy!"  Y3 child

"I like how they try to make the lunches look nice." Y3 child

Packed Lunches - We are a nut free school. Please ensure all food in your child's packed lunch is nut free.

Packed lunches should include:

Fruit and Vegetables: at least one portion of fruit and one portion of vegetables must be included.

Protein: meat, fish, egg or other source of non-dairy protein (e.g. lentils, kidney beans, chickpeas, hummus and dhal)

Oily fish: such as tinned or fresh mackerel, sardines and salmon, and fresh skipjack tuna (tinned tuna is not counted as an oily fish)

Carbohydrate: starchy food such as bread, pasta, rice, couscous, noodles, potatoes, chapattis and roti.

Dairy: food such as milk, cheese, yoghurt, fromage frais, or calcium fortified soya products, reduced fat versions of these should be used where possible.

Fruit based pudding such as fruit salad, tinned fruit with yoghurt or custard, fruity rice pudding, fruit based crumble.

Foods to avoid or limit

Packed lunches should not include any of the following:

Drinks – all children have access to water.

Confectionery such as chocolate bars, chocolate-coated biscuits and sweets

Chocolate spread as a sandwich filling.

Crisps

Deep fried food and take-out food

Cake

 

Very occasionally we are asked if a child can go home for lunch and return to the school for the afternoon learning session. We would not refuse the request for a child to go home for their lunch with a parent but we would not recommend it.  Lunchtime at school is a very active time with children not only improving their physical co-ordination but building strong social relationships with their friends. 

Before home lunch can be agreed the parent needs to make an appointment with the Headteacher to discuss information about how the arrangement will be managed.  For example, we would need to know who is picking the child up and we would need to be clear about a drop off back at school time.  We would need to clarify arrangements so the office is clear whether the child is on site and when they return. We would need to ask for the request to be submitted in writing so it can be added to the child’s file and we would need to ensure that the parent understands they are accepting responsibility for the safety of the child for the duration of the time they are off-site during lunchtime.  


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