School Lunches

School Lunches

 

What are benefits of a school meal :-

  • time saved in the mornings not having to prepare lunch, plus there’s no worry about keeping the food fresh and hygienic until lunchtime.
  • children benefit from sitting down and eating together at a table and are encouraged to try new foods.
  • meals are balanced and healthy and there is variety from one day to the next.

At our school :-

  • we only use approved suppliers and manufacturers
  • we buy food locally wherever possible – fruit and veg/dairy – and use a local butcher
  • we only use sustainable seafood where possible
  • we only use free range eggs (subject to DEFRA guidelines)
  • we do not knowingly use food containing GM (Genetically modified) ingredients
  • we take care to limit the amount of salt used in cooking and bought-in foods
  • wherever possible we oven cook food to reduce the fat content in our dishes
    • we use our recipes with reduced sugar and fat and increased fibre wherever possible
    • we encourage eating ‘5 a day’ fruit and vegetables. The school meal can provide two of these essential healthy foods every school day
    • we comply with the School Food Standards for school lunches
    • we actively promote and encourage healthy eating and like to make eating meals and enjoyable and valuable experience
    • We cater for vegetarians, special needs including medical diets and religious needs

    If you require any help or guidance on healthy and nutritious packed lunches for children who bring a lunch from home to eat in school (or on school trips) please visit www.healthylunch.org.uk/government  for healthy choices and pack up ideas.