Healthy, nutritious cooked school meals are freshly prepared on site by our caterers, Hertfordshire Catering Ltd.
From September 2020, we are pleased to be able to offer fully flexible school dinners. This will mean that you no longer need to choose a pattern for your child to have school dinners every day, or packed lunches every day. From now on, you can choose on a daily basis whether you want your child to have a school meal or send them in with a packed lunch.
The children will be asked to confirm their meal choice during morning registration. Please make sure your child understands that if they choose a school dinner you will be charged for it (it has been known for children to choose a lunch even though they have a packed lunch in their bag!) and we ask you to keep your School Gateway account topped up accordingly.
Special Dietary Needs / Allergies
Parents of pupils with special dietary needs or allergies will need to make the school office aware, even if they do not plan to have a school meal. Parents should note that our caterers (HCL – Hertfordshire Catering Ltd) are unable to provide your child with a school meal until their online application form for special menus has been completed. Please use the link to their website: https://hcl.co.uk/allergy-overview
No Nuts Policy
We have an increased number of pupils at school with severe allergies. Please note that food containing nuts must not be brought into school. This applies to packed lunches and break time snacks and includes peanut butter and Nutella sandwiches. Thank you for your co-operation.
Free School Meals
If you think you might be entitled to claim Free School Meals for your child, please contact the FSM Department on 0300 1234048 or go to www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/freeschoolmeals
Children can have milk as part of their mid-morning snack. Nursery and Reception children are entitled to receive free milk until the term they turn 5, after that the cost is approx. £15 per term. If you would like your child to have milk you must register with Cool Milk. (You can register online at www.coolmilk.com.)
All pupils in Foundation Stage and KS1 are entitled to one piece of fruit or vegetable per day, provided by the government, and children whose parents purchase milk through the school can drink it at this time.
KS2 pupils are very welcome to bring in a snack from home for morning break but this must be fruit or vegetables only – no snack bars are allowed.
Eating well is extremely important for children as it gives them energy and provides them with the nutrients they need to grow, develop and be healthy and active. We encourage parents to provide as healthy a packed lunch as possible. Below is an information leaflet on healthy packed lunches, which we encourage you to take the time to read. We hope you will find some useful tips on providing a healthy and varied lunch for your child.
- Healthier Packed Lunches (803KB)
HCL, who provide our school meals, have been award the SUGARWISE accreditation, which means they provide options which are low in “free sugars” and gives assurance to parents and teachers that there are no more than 5.7g of free sugars per portion or 28.5g per week. Whenever you see the SUGARWISE logo you can be assured the product or service has undergone stringent assessment and any sugar related claims are verified.