The Academy operates a healthy eating policy. At lunchtime we encourage children to have an Academy meal. These are cooked on site and are nutritionally balanced and always offer a choice.
Alternatively children may bring a packed lunch. Please note that children are not allowed to bring crisps, sweets or chocolate into the Academy at any time in line with the healthy eating policy. Children should bring plain water to drink during the day in labelled bottles. These should be taken home and refilled each day.
At playtimes, fruit is provided free of charge to Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 children. Nursery children are provided with milk free of charge too. Key Stage 2 children may bring a healthy snack in from home to eat at playtime. This must be a piece of fruit or similar (such as raisins).
Eating in school should be a pleasurable experience: time spent sharing good food with peers and teachers. The school food standards are intended to help children develop healthy eating habits and ensure that they get the energy and nutrition they need across the whole school day. It is just as important to cook food that looks good and tastes delicious; to talk to children about what is on offer and recommend dishes; to reduce queuing; and to serve the food in a pleasant environment where they can eat with their friends. As a general principle, it is important to provide a wide range of foods across the week. Variety is key – whether it is different fruits, vegetables, grains, pulses or types of meat and fish. Children love to hear the stories behind their food.
The Eatwell Guide is based on the main food groups that together provide a healthy, balanced diet: Potatoes, bread, rice, pasta and other starchy carbohydrates. Fruit and vegetables. Dairy and alternatives. Beans, pulses, fish, eggs, meat and other proteins.
For information on how you can pay for your child's Academy lunches please see our Parent Pay page.
Applying for Free School Meals
All Children in Reception Class, Year 1 and Year 2 are entilted to free school meals from September 2014. If you would like more information about this then please contact the school office staff and they can help your child change from packed lunches to school meals.
Free Academy meals are available to those families in receipt of Child Tax Credit, Job Seekers’ Allowance or Income Support.
Your child may qualify if you have any of these incomes:
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- The guaranteed part of Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit (as long as your annual gross income is £16,190 or less and you don’t get Working Tax Credit)
- Working Tax Credit run-off after you come off Working Tax Credit
- Universal Credit that you applied for on, or after, 1 April 2018. As long as your household income is less than £7,400 a year after tax, not including any benefits