Lunchtime Guidance

Food at school

Our school has a no nut policy

For lunch children can either have a hot school dinner or bring a lunch box

A good lunchbox will have a balance of food, including

  • A portion of starchy food, eg wholegrain bap/bread, sesame seed pitta bread, plain crackers, pasta or rice salad
  • Fresh fruit and vegetables, eg apple, orange, banana, cherry tomatoes, carrot sticks, mini fruit chunks, etc
  • A portion of milk or dairy food, eg cheese, plain/fruit yoghurt, etc.
  • Small portion of lean meat, fish or alternative, eg two slices of ham, chicken, beef, Quorn, cheese, tuna, egg or hummus, etc.
  • A drink, eg fruit juice, water, milk (not milkshakes)

Drinks

  • Children are given a water bottle when they start the year. We encouraged them to drink as much water as they want during the school day.
  • Children are only allowed water in class
  • During the day so please do not send them in with another drink.
  • At lunchtime children always have access to water on their tables.
  • We have a no fizzy drink rule at school.

Snacks

  • Every child in school is given a free portion of fruit or vegetable every day.
  • This is given out in the afternoons.
  • The snack available changes daily and every child in the school has the same.
  • We would encourage you to send your child in with a portion of fruit or vegetables for them to have at playtime. Most children are very hungry after their first lessons and it is still a long time until lunch.
  • The snack you provide must be fresh or dried fruit or vegetables not any other form of fruit based snack.

As a school we believe that as long as children are getting a healthy balance, the food in lunchboxes is the responsibility of parents. However we would recommend that parents do not include the following items in packed lunches:

  • Sweets (including Winders), chocolate, etc.
  • Crisps or savoury snacks high in salt and fat
  • Fizzy drinks or sugary drinks
  • Doughnuts, cream cakes or cakes high in sugar
  • Any food containing nuts must not be brought into school as the school is a nut free zone

We cannot keep lunchboxes in a chilled environment. Please take this into account in the hot summer months when choosing what to put into your child’s lunchbox and/or add in an ice pack.