Healthy, nutritious cooked school meals are freshly prepared on site by our caterers, Hertfordshire Catering Ltd, following the multi choice menu. Children may choose from a variety of main courses, vegetables and desserts where there is an emphasis on a healthy diet and whole foods are used wherever possible. Fresh fruit and water are available every day.
Children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are entitled to a free school dinner every day. KS2 school pupils dinners cost £2.65 per day. Nursery dinners cost £2.35 per day. Children eat together, supervised by our midday staff who report to the Head Teacher. Alternatively, children may bring a healthy packed lunch from home. It is not possible to alternate between packed lunches and school dinners in the week.
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)
Note: We no longer offer children who have a school dinner the option of coming up for a second helping. The dinner provided by the school kitchen is balanced meal that provides the right nutrition for a child’s age. There have been a noticeable number of children coming for a second helping of certain food types on certain days e.g. pasta, potato and chips over the past year and as a healthy school we aim to remove this option. We will be supporting this change by discussing healthy eating options in class.
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.
Being SUGARWISE certified means that they can promise menus are able to provide low in “free sugar” options for schools. Free sugars are sugars that are added to recipes and food, unlike naturally occurring sugars we get from whole fruit, vegetables and milk. These free sugars need to be limited in our daily diet and are the main contributors to childhood obesity and tooth decay.