Pupils are normally expected to eat the lunch provided by the schools catering supplier. However, parents of pupils wishing to have a packed lunch for a particular reason are expected to provide their children with packed lunches that conform to the packed lunch policy.
Children can bring in a packed lunch from Year 3. Children in Reception, Year 1 & 2 will all receive a free school meal paid for by the government.
Children in receipt of Free School Meals must take a school lunch and will not be allowed a packed lunch in school.
Suggestions for food to include in a healthy packed lunch:
- At least one portion of fruit and one portion of vegetable a day
- One portion of meat, fish or other source of non dairy protein (e.g. lentils, kidney beans, chick peas, hummus). Due to nut allergies in school we request that you do not use peanut butter/Nutella/Chocolate Spread etc.
- Oily Fish such as salmon/mackerel/tuna etc occasionally
- A starch food such as type of bread, pasta, rice, couscous, noodles, potatoes or other type of cereals every day.
- Pretzels, seeds, fruit, crackers and cheese, and vegetable or bread sticks with a dip.
- Cereal bars rather than cakes and biscuits
- Dairy food such as milk, cheese, yoghurt, fromage frais or custard everyday
- Only water (drinking water is freely available in the school dinner hall) , still or sparkling water, fruit juice, semi skimmed milk, yoghurt or milk drinks and smoothies to drink. No canned drinks/No fizzy pop
Suggestions for food to include less often in a healthy packed lunch
- Snacks such as crisps
- Meat and Pastry products such as pies and sausage rolls
- Cakes/chocolate coated biscuits and wafers
Suggestions for food to not include in a healthy packed lunch (these are all foods we have already asked children not to bring to school)
- Confectionery such as chocolate bars and sweets (we will ask your child to return these home unopened). Sweets are not allowed at lunchtime or any other time.
- Nut or Nut products (peanut butter, Nutella etc) – because of the danger to other children with allergies.
- Fizzy drinks/Energy Drinks/High Sugar Drinks
Parents must provide their child with a suitable container which they can actually eat the lunch from (rather than need to take the food out and place it straight onto a table). A plastic box with a removable lid is ideal. A lunch box rather than a lunch bag.
Special Diets and Allergies
The school recognises that some pupils require a special diet that does not allow for standards to be met exactly. In this case parents are urged to be responsible in ensuring that packed lunches are as healthy as possible. For these reasons pupils are not permitted to swap food items. We also discourage parents from using nut based/nut oil based products as sandwich fillers.