Children from Reception to Year 6 can either have a school dinner or bring a packed lunch. Full-time pre-school children bring a packed lunch.
What is provided for school dinner?
Our school dinners are managed by Chartwell Catering. We have a dedicated team of cooks, led by the wonderful Funke! The menu can be viewed below.
What are the rules for packed lunches?
Packed lunches should be brought to school in a small plastic lunchbox, labelled with your child’s name. Although you know best what your child likes to eat, a balanced packed lunch may include the following.
- A filled roll or sandwich - starchy foods are filling and provide energy.
- The fillings for rolls and sandwiches could include e.g. lean meat, chicken, oily fish, egg or marmite - these contain the protein, iron and vitamins children need.
- Dairy products - cheese, yoghurt, fromage frais etc - these contain calcium and protein which is important in building strong bones.
- Fruit and vegetables - raw vegetables, fresh or dried fruit and canned fruit in juice, smoothies - these provide fibre and vitamins.
- Please do not include nuts for safety reasons and because some children are allergic to them.
- Confectionery such as chocolate coated biscuits and sweets and savoury snacks such as crisps are not allowed as part of a packed lunch. Please note that school dinner main meal and puddings are made to strict guidelines on the amount of sugar and salt added.
- Water or milk is provided at lunchtime, so it is not necessary to include a drink.
- For school trips, one 'treat' is allowed!
If your child is either starting or stopping packed lunches it is important that you let the office know before you make the change.
How is children's eating monitored?
We have a dedicated team of lunchtime staff who also work as teaching assistants in the school, led by Mrs Bushell, Deputy Head. They are highly experienced at encouraging children to eat. They also feedback to teachers if they have concerns about a child's eating habits. This information is then passed on to parents.
Pre-school children are supported at lunchtime at a ratio of 1:8. At the beginning of the year, the Reception class teaching team eat with children.