Each school’s menu will differ depending on the needs of the children and many offer halal choices.
Filled baked potatoes, salad bar, sandwiches, wholemeal bread basket, fresh fruit, yoghurt milk and biscuit.
Healthy packed lunches
Not every child eats a school meal and many prefer to bring a packed lunch. If you’re preparing a packed lunch, we would ask that you please take care with what goes into it.
Sample packed lunch
We can provide a packed lunch for your child consisting of 5 items which will vary depending on the school. Lunches include: a sandwich, drink, fruit, yoghurt, cake and biscuit.
Below is a helpful checklist for a healthy packed lunch:
- A good portion of starchy food, for example thick wholemeal bread, malt loaf, chapatti, pitta pocket, pasta or rice salad.
- 2 portions of fruit and vegetables, for example, fruit chunks in natural juice or small box of raisins.
- A portion of milk or dairy food for example, individual cheese portion or pot of yoghurt.
- A portion of lean meat, fish or alternative, such as ham, chicken, beef, tuna, egg, hummus, bean or lentil salad.
- A drink, for example fruit juice, milk or plain water (still or fizzy).
Free School Meals
The Department for Education (DfE) has issued a paper on Universal Infant Free School Meals (UIFSM) which provides departmental advice for local authorities, maintained schools, academies and free schools to help recipients understand their obligation to provide free school meals. This briefing paper aims to summarise the key financial points in this document.
In England, children may be entitled to receive free school meals if their parents receive certain support payments. Since September 2014, all children in reception, year 1 and year 2 in state-funded schools in England have been eligible for free school meals. The Children and Families Bill places a legal duty on state-funded schools in England to offer a free school lunch to all children in these years.