The food children eat in school is very important to their education. Not only does a well-balanced diet help with general health, but establishing healthy eating habits at a young age can set them on the right path for the future.
School meals are cooked on-site by our directly employed kitchen team, led by our experienced cook, Becky Thompson. The kitchen team are supported by Luis De Abreu, the Head of Catering for the Trust. Not being part of the Bracknell Forest school meals contract means we have more control over both food standards and what we offer the children. We tailor our menus to take into account the children's likes and dislikes to encourage maximum uptake.
All children in Key Stage 1 are eligible for a free school meal every day.
For Key Stage 2 pupils, payment needs to be made online via www.parentpay.com The price of a school meal is £2.20. We no longer accept cash for school dinners. On the using the website for the first time you will require a parentpay username and password which can be provided by the school office if required.
Meals are ordered in the classroom at morning registration. Parents of younger children (Year R and Year 1 only) can use the Order Form (see also Useful Forms & Documents) to plan meals, ensuring they are ordering something they enjoy. Copies are also available in the school office and in Year 1 and Reception classes. As we aim to encourage children to be independent and take responsibility for their school life, there is no expectation that children use the form from Year 2 onwards.
Children are able to choose from a main meal, a vegetarian option or jacket potatoes. Salad and bread are available in addition. The current menu can be found in Useful Forms & Documents.
Free meals are also available to children whose parents / carers are receiving Family Income Supplement. Should you need help or advice about this please see the School Secretary.
Healthy snacks (a piece of fresh fruit or vegetables) are allowed at breaktimes. Children may have a NAMED bottle of plain water to drink in class throughout the day.
If your child prefers a packed lunch please provide it in a strong, named lunch box. Sweets, chocolate, nuts and fizzy drinks are not allowed. Drinks should be in a carton or plastic container.