Children are able to have a healthy school lunch or they may bring a packed lunch.
School lunches are provided by Caterlink.
Schools meals are prepared on the following basis:
- Meals made from scratch using premium ingredients e.g. fresh joints of meat
- High quality healthy recipes which are well presented and compliant with Government standards.
- Ingredients predominantly locally sourced with a clear plan to increase this further still.
Under the contract there are clear service level agreements which include key performance indicators, which are closely checked by three dedicated Gloucestershire County Council monitoring Officers.
All meals must be booked via Parent Pay. Your account must be in credit for the bookings to be confirmed. We ask that all bookings be made the Friday before the week that the meals are needed.
Children who do not have school lunches may bring a packed lunch to be eaten in school.
As part of our Healthy Schools Award, we strive to equip pupils, staff and families with the skills and attitudes to make informed decisions about their physical, social, emotional and mental health. With this in mind, we would like to promote the DfE and Public Health’s campaign for Healthier Lunchboxes. Don’t panic, this doesn’t mean getting rid of the chocolate and treats but rather trying to get a balance and a good variety of foods over a period of time. The Healthier Lunchboxes campaign encourages parents and pupils to include something from each of the eatwell food groups in their lunch box –
- A good portion of starchy food, for example wholemeal roll or bread, wraps, pitta pocket, pasta or rice salad.
- Plenty of fruit and vegetables, for example an apple, banana , handful of cherry tomatoes or carrot sticks, mini-can of fruit chunks in natural juice or a small box of raisins.
- A drink of semi-skimmed milk or a portion of dairy food, for example individual cheese portion or pot of yogurt.
- A portion of lean meat, fish, eggs or beans, for example ham, chicken, beef, tuna, egg or hummus.
- A drink, for example unsweetened fruit juice, semi-skimmed milk or water.
- A small treat, not too high in fat or sugar.
Midday supervisors are responsible for the welfare of the children during the lunch break, in school and on the playground. Their authority comes from the Headteacher, therefore it is expected that children will obey instructions given by these supervisors. Should a child persistently misbehave, it may be necessary to insist that he/she goes home at lunch time for a set period of time.
Free School Meals
From September 2014, all Reception, Year 1 & Year 2 children will be entitled to a free school meal, as per the ‘Universal Free School Meals for Key Stage 1’ directive. However, we do ask that any parents who would be entitled to free school meals due to being in receipt of benefits, such as Income Support, still apply, as the school receives additional funding for all these children.
If you think your child may be eligible for Free School Meals, please use the link below to download an application form. You can also pick up one of these forms at your child’s school.
To check to see if you are eligible and apply using a confidential online form. Please visit www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/freeschoolmeals.