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As a school with the 'Healthy Schools' award, we are committed to promoting healthy eating.
Hertfordshire Catering Limited (HCL) provide our school meals.
They are freshly prepared in our own canteen and are both tasty and nutritious. Hot and cold items are prepared each day. HCL provide our school meals. and state that:
HCL is forward-looking and do everything possible to minimise the impact their business has on the environment. They are strongly committed to reducing their carbon footprint and strive to encourage staff and students to play their part in minimising waste and saving energy.
Their policy of buying fresh, locally-produced ingredients reduces fuel consumption and transport costs. Staying local also means that they are contributing to the future success of regional farmers and growers.
The provenance and origin of the foods they buy is a key factor in the way they operate, by buying directly from growers and producers. Fruit and vegetables are locally grown, Red Tractor accredited produce. Meat is sourced from local butchers, using British-reared stock. Sausages come from pigs reared in Suffolk. Fish is caught in sustainable waters certified by the Marine Stewardship Council.
Through active membership of LACA (Local Authority Catering Association) they have links to key organisations such as DEFRA, the Soil Association, Healthy Schools and the Children’s Food trust.
All our school meals are prepared on site and meet all guidelines and recommendations set by the Government.
School meals are available for our Early Years 2 to Year 6 children.
The Government has announced that from September 2014 all infant pupils (Early Years 2, Year 1 and Year 2) will be entitled to a free, nutritious school meal at lunchtime. This new scheme is to help improve healthy eating and supply children with the energy they need to concentrate in class throughout the day plus save families money. The financial benefit to parents of a free school meal every lunch time (during school term) will save over £400 per eligible child.
For children in Years 3 to 6, school dinners cost £2.50 a day and can be paid for using the preferred electronic Parentpay method or via the school office in a clearly named, sealed envelope.
For further information and to see example school dinner menus click on the icon below.
In September 2018 the school is entering into a new catering contract with Dolce to provide our school meals. The children are able to choose, either at home or at registration time, from various options: meat, vegetarian, jacket potato or a cold option. A copy of the menu is available online and in paper form for parents.
Under the government’s ‘Universal Infant Free School Meal’ scheme, every child in the Reception class, Year 1 and Year 2 is entitled to a free school meal. Dolce offers an online ordering/ payment system for parents, but will not charge for any meals recorded for children in Early Years 2 to Year 2.
A packed lunch can also be brought in by your child, if you prefer. However, we would ask that all lunchboxes be clearly labelled with your child’s name and class. As a healthy school, we also ask that you avoid chocolates and sweets, as well as any nut products, since there are several children with a nut allergy in school to whom this could pose a danger.
Fizzy drinks are not permitted, but drinking water is encouraged.
Milk is available for all Early Years and Key Stage 1 children. It is free for those in Early Years 1 and those up to the age of 5 in Early Years 2. This should be ordered and paid for before the end of the previous term. For all other children it is paid directly to 'Cool Milk' - click on icon below to be taken to their website.
For further information, contact the school office.
Following a Government initiative, a fruit/vegetable snack is available to all children in Early Years and Key Stage 1. If you would like to provide your child with a snack for morning playtime, this should only be a piece of fruit or vegetable. As a 'Healthy School', we are teaching the children about healthy eating, especially the importance of eating plenty of fruits and vegetables each day and this is an important way of reinforcing the message.
We encourage children to drink water during the school day. Water bottles can be purchased at the school office to keep in class. They must contain only still water and need to be taken home to be washed. A water fountain is available on both the Infant and Junior playground.