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SCHOOL DINNERS

PAYMENT
School Dinners cost £2.00 per day (£2.10 from September 5th 2017)
The cost for the week is £10.00 (£10.50 from September 5th 2017)

All dinners will need to be ordered and paid for on ParentPay by Wednesday (11:00 p.m.) of the previous week. You will not be able to  order dinners after this day and your child will therefore be required to bring sandwiches for that week.

If your child receives Universal Free School Meals (Foundation Stage, Year 1 and Year 2) or Free School Meals, you will still need to sign up to ParentPay to pre-order your child’s menu choices for the week.  The system will know that you do not need to pay. NO ORDER, NO DINNER! No dinners can be ordered on the day using the ParentPay system.

SUMMER MENU Commences on Tuesday 2nd May  To see the complete Summer Menu Click here

ALLERGEN INFORMATION
If your child has a medically diagnosed allergy, please notify us so your child’s requirements can be discussed with the catering manager and provided for where possible.

Allergen information about dishes on our school menu is available to download on the link below, or a paper copy can be requested:
Allergen information Summer Menu Cycle 1 Click here
Allergen information Summer Menu Cycle 2 Click here 
Allergen information Summer Menu Cycle 3 Click here

After School Club Allergen Information Click here

OUR IN HOUSE CATERING SERVICE
We believe investing in good quality food and a balanced diet is an investment in your child’s future. Our school lunches are designed to offer your children something tasty and exciting as well as being healthy, fresh, nutritious and meeting the governments statutory requirements.

Children’s favourite foods such as burgers and sausages are still offered within our range of menus but we strive to ensure that we source only high quality ingredients from local, reputable suppliers/butchers. These items along with classic favourites such as roast lunches, homemade pies and other dishes which your children may not have experienced before, offer flavours from around the world as we try to tempt every palette. Often parents are surprised what their children will eat at school knowing what a struggle they have at home with “picky” eating – children eating with their peers are often more willing to try different foods so when looking at the menu don’t always assume that your child won’t eat what’s on the days menu – we positively encourage children to try/taste with quite often positive results.

We have a 3 week rolling menu cycle which we change twice yearly to incorporate children’s feedback to ensure we include their favourites. We don’t skimp on the extras either with unlimited access to a full salad bar and bread every day. Children also have the choice of organic yoghurt or fresh fruit if they would prefer that to the delicious homemade dessert of the day so there’s always something that every child should enjoy.

What children eat is an important part of their learning experience and we are committed to educating pupils on food, where and how it is sourced, including growing things in our own school garden! Health and progress stem from eating habits established in early childhood and we want our pupils to experience a whole range of tastes and textures to aid this love of a balanced diet and set them up for their lifetimes. We follow the Government guidelines from the recently introduced School Food Plan to achieve this. http://www.schoolfoodplan.com/standards/

Our catering staff aim to give your child the best dining experience they can and this is complimented by successful theme days, charity or curriculum notable dates and local special events days. Please keep an eye on the ‘upcoming events’  on the main page for the next one!

Allergen information is available on the website for each week’s menu but should you be concerned or have any questions please contact our Catering Manager (through the Main Office) who will set up an appointment to go through products personally with you.

MEET THE TEAM!

Catering Manager – Jeremy Martlew
Assistant Cook – Jane Barber
Catering Assistants – Tracey Peck, Phillipa Clark, Eva Specketer, Michelle McGlone and Chantelle Francis.

FAQs
Obviously, if there are exceptional circumstances then please let us know

Can I order my child school meals for just 2 or 3 days a week?
Yes, you can order for just 2 or 3 days a week, but this must be done on ParentPay by 11:00 p.m. on the Wednesday the week prior.

If I need to cancel a meal, do I need to let you know to avoid waste?
Yes, please, you do need to log in to ParentPay by Wednesday of the week before to cancel a meal. In an emergency, the Office staff can assist you with this.

I want to change my child’s meal choice, can I do this?
Yes, changes can be made on ParentPay up until 11:00 p.m. on the Wednesday of the week prior.  Should you order a lunch for your child and they arrive with sandwiches, unless there is a valid reason given in writing, the child will be given the dinner ordered and the sandwiches will be sent home.

Will my child be forced to take food they don’t want?
No, your child can choose which vegetables and salads they would like to accompany their main meal and can choose dessert or fruit.   We do encourage children to eat the food that is on their plate.

I missed the deadline date, can I still order?
No, the deadline for ordering school meals for the following week is by 11:00 p.m. on a Wednesday the week prior.    Should an order not be made, then your child must be provided with a packed lunch.

My child was absent from school, will I get a refund?
Should your child be absent then a credit will be made to their account for any dinners prepaid.

Do I need to pay in advance for my child’s school dinners?
Yes, all dinners need to be paid in advance via ParentPay.  No dinners can be ordered without payment.

My child is in Key Stage 1 and receives free school meals.  Do I still need to complete the order form?
Yes, all dinners must be ordered by the deadline of 11:00 p.m. on the Wednesday prior.   Should a dinner not be ordered, then your child will be expected to bring a packed lunch.    Changes cannot be made, should your child bring in sandwiches when a dinner has been ordered, the sandwiches will be sent home.

FOOD HYGIENE     
Environmental Health have produced guidance to be shared with parents about packed lunches (in relation to food safety). We hope this information will be helpful, particularly when the warmer weather arrives. Click here