Information about our freshly prepared and healthy school meals, including sample menus for primary and secondary schools.

Our school meals follow a healthy eating policy and are produced freshly every day in a school kitchen from only:

  • fresh meat and poultry sourced from the region;
  • fruit and vegetables sourced regionally where possible using local suppliers;
  • products free from additives associated with health problems in young children;
  • fats free from hydrogenated oils; with
  • menus that are nutritionally balanced

You can  view our school meals food policy here (pdf / 213 KB).

Primary schools

From September 2014 key stage one children (reception, years 1 and 2) are entitled to a free school meal. For key stage two pupils (years 3, 4, 5 and 6) there is a charge for school meals. The average is £2.25. Schools set their own meal prices so you should check with your child's school for price and payment arrangements.

In our primary schools our meals;

  • have a three-menu cycle, allowing children to become familiar with the food served;
  • are changed every term to reflect the seasons; and 
  • are written in consultation with pupils and cooks.

View our  primary school single menu here (pdf / 6 MB) and view our  primary school choice menu here (pdf / 6 MB).

Secondary schools

Secondary schools operate a cafeteria system with a wide choice of lunches: 

  • you can eat Indian, Mexican, Chinese, Italian or Spanish dishes;
  • have a meal deal with an apple, drink and a cheese sandwich; or
  • have a freshly made two-course lunch every day.

Pupils pay on the day. Some secondary schools have a cashless system and pupils are issued with smart cards or use their finger or thumb print to identify themselves. Your secondary school will tell you if it operates this system and how you can pay for meals in advance.

You can view  our secondary school sample menu here (pdf / 2 MB).

Frequently asked questions

Please contact the head teacher of your child's school stating the required diet. You will be provided with a Special Diet 1 (SD1) form to complete and return to the school office to start the Special Diet registration process. Medical diets will require a letter from a doctor or dietician.

Manufacturers are required by law to highlight if any of the food products they supply to us contain any of the 14 main allergens as an ingredient:

  • celery
  • cereals containing gluten – including wheat (such as spelt and Khorasan), rye, barley and oats
  • crustaceans – such as prawns, crabs and lobsters
  • eggs
  • fish
  • lupin
  • milk
  • molluscs – such as mussels and oysters
  • mustard
  • tree nuts – including almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, brazil nuts, cashews, pecans, pistachios and macadamia nuts
  • peanuts
  • sesame seeds
  • soybeans
  • sulphur dioxide and sulphites (if they are at a concentration of more than ten parts per million)

If your child has an allergy to one of the 14 allergens, intolerance, or allergy to any food not included in the 14 allergens, or any other special dietary requirement, please talk to us and we will try to accommodate their requirements.

We can discuss catering for special diets including diabetic, vegetarian and vegan, religious and cultural diets.

Our cooks and catering managers are fully trained and updated in a range of special dietary management. They are supported with expert advice from our Technical Team, Nutritionist and wider network of accredited professionals. We are proactive members of LACA, which aims to set high standards of professionalism in Education catering; they are the lead consultative body to the Government in delivering healthy eating policies and provide knowledge and support to meet the changing demands of the industry sector.

We are unable to guarantee a completely food allergen free environment as foods containing allergens are used in our kitchens.

Catering staff in schools have all received the relevant hygiene training.

Throughout their employment they receive additional training including:

  • NVQs in catering skills and professional cookery;
  • nutrition and healthy eating;
  • health and safety; and
  • customer care

All our catering is monitored to ensure meals are safe, of high quality and value for money. Monitoring officers visit each school unannounced at least twice a year to carry out a kitchen audit. In addition, district council environmental health officers regularly inspect our school kitchens.

Please contact the headteacher of your child's school stating the required diet. You will be provided with a Special Diet 1 (SD1) form to complete and return to the school office to start the Special Diet registration process. Medical diets will require a letter from a doctor or dietician.

Manufacturers are required by law to highlight if any of the food products they supply to us contain any of the 14 main allergens as an ingredient.

  • celery
  • cereals containing gluten – including wheat (such as spelt and Khorasan), rye, barley and oats
  • crustaceans – such as prawns, crabs and lobsters
  • eggs
  • fish
  • lupin
  • milk
  • molluscs – such as mussels and oysters
  • mustard
  • tree nuts – including almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, brazil nuts, cashews, pecans, pistachios and macadamia nuts
  • peanuts
  • sesame seeds
  • soybeans
  • sulphur dioxide and sulphites (if they are at a concentration of more than ten parts per million)

This means if your child has an allergy to one of the 14 allergens we can provide a meal for your child. Please contact your school and we will discuss and arrange this.

If your child has an allergy or intolerance to any food not included in the 14 allergens, or any other special dietary requirement, please talk to us and we will do our best to accommodate them.

We can discuss catering for Special diets including diabetic, vegetarian and vegan, religious and cultural diets.

Our cooks and catering managers receive training and advice on a wide range of dietary needs.

We are unable to guarantee a completely food allergen free environment as foods containing allergens are used in our kitchens.