Students are encouraged to use our catering facilities and to buy the healthy choice options provided by our caterers HC3S. There is a full range of products on offer from a full two course lunch, to freshly prepared Deli items, to healthy snacks that can be eaten on the go. Our menu is updated twice yearly and is designed to make the best use of locally sourced seasonal products.
Children may also bring in packed lunches. Food should be eaten in the designated and supervised areas e.g. the main hall or dining room or outside in fine weather.
Free School Meals
Free school meals are available only to children whose parents/guardians are in receipt of one or more of the following benefits:
- Income Support
- Income-Based Jobseeker's Allowance
- Employment and Support Allowance (Income Related)
- Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
- Families in receipt of Child Tax Credit will also qualify provided that (a) they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit, and (b) their annual income, as assessed by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs does not exceed £16,190 as at 6 April 2010 (subject to annual review).
- Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
Note: No change was made to the criteria in 2011 and therefore the information shown here, dated from 2010 is valid.
No other benefits qualify for free school meals.
Proof of benefit is required before free meals can be authorised.
If you think your child may be eligible for Free School Meals, either download and complete the form from this website or contact the school for an application form. We would be pleased to help you with the application process. The form should be handed in to the school office.
The school recognises the benefits of a well balanced hot school meal for children, in the middle of the day, and would recommend to parents that this is the best option. However, should parents decide to send in a packed lunch from home, please note the following recommended guidelines set out by the British Nutrition Foundation.
A child’s lunch should include only the following:
- A portion of starchy food, e.g. wholegrain bap/bread, sesame seed pitta bread, plain crackers, pasta or rice salad
- Fresh fruit and vegetables, e.g. apple/orange/banana, cherry tomatoes, carrots sticks, mini fruit chunks, etc
- A portion of milk or dairy food, e.g. cheese, plain/fruit yoghurt, etc.
- Small portion of lean meat, fish or alternative, e.g. two slices of ham, chicken, beef, Quorn, cheese, tuna, egg or hummus, etc.
- A drink - fruit juice (not fizzy or diluted squash), water (not flavoured), milk (not flavoured)
Parents are advised to include an ice pack. Food products, prepared and stored in ambient temperatures, can after a period of between two to four hours, have increased levels of bacteria in them, which may be harmful to your child. The school cannot take legal responsibility for foods prepared at home and then brought into school.
In addition, the school requests that parents do not include the following items in packed lunches:
- Sweets, chocolate, etc.
- Crisps or any packeted savoury snacks high in salt and fat
- Fizzy drinks/sugary drinks
- Sweet cakes, e.g. sugary cakes, doughnuts, etc.
- Sweet nut bars, etc.
- Foods containing salted nuts, etc.
- Packets of salted nuts
Parents who have difficulty following these guidelines are requested to contact the school.