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Take a fresh look, primary school meals are changing .... except the price 

Menus for primary schools  

"Now offering a healthy three choice menu with more pupil appeal, serving popular brands and traditional favourites locally sourced"

  • Primary School meals have changed a lot, except the price.  Look out for our new Award Winning Food for Life Menu introduced 18th November 2013. 
  • Each day a set meal consists of one item from each group (main course, vegetables, salad & dessert).  Fresh organic yoghurt, fresh fruit, salad bar & wholemeal bread are also availalbe.  The meal aims to provide the balance of nutrients required, due to the nature of some carbohdrate-based meals the potato row options may be subsituted with additonal vegetables or salad if pupils request.
  • These days school meals offer your child a great choice of menu for just £2.00 a day.
  • We have listened to all your views and our menu is packed full of your favourite dishes like jerk chicken, vegetarian food as well as traditional favourites.
  • This year we are working harder than ever to support the work of the Food for Life Partnership to make sure we offer healthy and sustainable school meals.
  • We also support breakfast clubs, with a set menu offer at £1.20 per child.  Some schools encourage parents, carers and siblings and we may also offer individual items, see menus and check with your school.  Breakfasts are usually managed through the cashless system so you can see what your child is choosing, as with their lunchtime meal.

A high-quality, balanced meal helps children to concentrate and gives them enough energy to stay active and alert right throughout the school day.


Take a fresh look, school meals HAVE changed ....... 

We were awarded the Bronze Food for Life Partnership Award September 2012, for our primary 3 week cycle menu; but have not rested on our laurels. 
From November 2013 an Award Winning 'Silver' Food for Life Partnership Award Menu will be introduced. 
These Food for Life awards apply to schools taking our standard menu, if a school has requested a bespoke menu, this bespoke menu may not be compliant with school food standards or the Food for Life Partnership Award.

Make healthy choices for lunchtime 

Catering Services believe that school meals represent the best option in terms of contributing to a healthy diet and value for money when compared to other sources of food available to children for their midday meal such as a brought in packed lunch.

Menus are carefully planned and wherever possible we take into consideration children's likes and dislikes. In line with central government guidelines all our menus are nutritionally analysed and we follow a 3-week menu cycle to ensure variety.

We also encourage schools to participate in our planned promotions to help keep the menu offer fresh and topical.  Promotions can support events such as Children in Need, Black History Month, National School Meals Week, Christmas Lunches.

Taking on board the cultures within our borough we try to offer a range of ethnic meals and are always happy to cater for special dietary requirements. 

  • To this end we attend School Councils, hold Pupil Focus Groups, as well as operating our own Menu Working Parties.
  • We endeavour to work in partnership with schools, attending assemblies and open evenings, where we actively promote to parents and pupils the advantages of having a healthy school meal.

Every day a hot meal is on offer and there is always a vegetarian option available. In order to take the strain out of school lunches for busy parents and guardians we also offer a packed lunch alternative, which as with the hot meal is well-balanced and nutritious.


School Food Trust, the Little Book of Goodness (Updated 2010) 

A useful resource for parents/carers with children starting school in reception class, to help with making that decision for the first time about what to feed their child at school.

School meals have transformed dramatically over the last few years, parents may still have preconceived ideas of school meals from their own experiences.

This booklet has been updated by School Food Trust and has been created to help parents make the right choice about food in schools for their child.

It contains information about the improvements that have been made to the school dining services over recent years, the Government Standards and the typical foods that are being served, including fruit and vegetables.

Little book of goodness

Catering Services

Town Hall

1 Town Square

Barking

IG11 7LU

 

Phone: 020 8227 5095

Email: cateringservices.schoolmeals@lbbd.gov.uk

 

School menus website