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
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.
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.
Frequently asked questions
Our caterers can provide medical, religious or cultural diets. Please write to the headteacher of your child's school stating the required diet. Medical diets will require a letter from a doctor or dietician.
Our caterers are happy to meet you to discuss our menus to ensure they conform to the particular diet.
Our cooks receive training and advice on a wide range of dietary needs, including nut allergies; egg-free, gluten free and diary-free diets; diabetic; vegetarian and vegan.
Please speak to your school if you have concerns.
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.