From September 2014 significant changes are happening to school food: cooking is back on the curriculum, every pupil in reception, year 1 and 2 will be eligible for free school meals and from January, new food standards are being introduced. These are three of the 16 actions in the School Food Plan, which aims to transform what children eat in schools and how they learn about food (see www.schoolfoodplan.com).
Good food and good food culture has been shown to lead not only to healthier, happier and more fulfilled children, but to improved educational attainment. Evidence from those areas that already provide universal free school meals is that children eat more healthily and perform better academically. Schools in those areas have also reported improved behaviour and atmosphere as a result of all pupils eating together every day.
New standards for school food have recently been published and will come into force in January. By following them, we can be sure that our pupils will get the nutrition they need across the whole school day. We believe that the school lunchtime is a great opportunity for our children to sit down together and enjoy their healthy and tasty meal, while developing their social skills.
Our hot meals are provided by Mrs B’s Caring Catering Company. Children will be required to pre-order 3 weeks in advance from a menu provided (see below). Special dietary requirements can be met on request e.g. dairy free and children will still be able to bring in a packed lunch if they so wish.
Due to the restrictions on space and staff we are only able to offer a hot meal to Potters and Thatchers children.
Registering for School Meals
We ask that ALL PARENTS fill in a school meals registration form, see below. This is important so that we can continue to register pupils who attract pupil premium, which is worth £1,300 a year per pupil for our school.
The latest school lunch menu can be found below