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Whitehill Primary School & Nursery

The Decus Educational Trust

Lunchtime Meals

School Dinners

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PLEASE NOTE - All allergens are listed for each menu when booking; however they are subject to change if an ingredient is replaced by an alternative brand.

School lunch is an integral part of the school day in any school, and many children look forward to lunchtime.  The importance of a nutritionally well-balanced school lunch is vital to ensure that the pupils are ready for learning in the afternoon and it sees them through until they get home.  It is also an important social time, and the mid-day supervisors and staff who join the children for lunch encourage good social behaviour at the table and teach them how to tidy up after themselves.

Hayley Williams, our cook, and her team are responsible for developing a varied menu which has the essential components of a nutritionally balanced meal.  All school meals include protein for growth (meat, vegetarian protein such as Quorn and cheese), carbohydrates for energy (potatoes, pasta, rice), vitamins and minerals for a healthy immune system and organ function (fruit and vegetables) and a source of dietary fibre (fruit and vegetables and salad).  All our kitchen team meet the requirements of health and safety, and all of the ingredients bought into the kitchen are checked for suitability in relation to allergens. School lunches can be booked through school money.

If your child is in reception, year 1 or year 2, they are entitled to universal free school meals – all children in these year groups can get a free meal at school each day. If you receive certain benefits, your child’s school can also get some additional money to support your child’s learning. We encourage you check your eligibility and apply online as your child’s school can benefit from the additional funding if you apply for the free school meals.

For those who do not qualify for free school meals, the cost is £2.15 a meal. Whether qualifying or not, all school meals will need to be booked via the the School Money System.

Packed Lunches

Obviously, not all children have a school lunch and many bring a packed lunch.  The school encourages a healthy approach to packed lunches. It is important to recognise that some of our children have allergies to certain foods (such as nuts), which can cause very serious health problems and could be potentially life-threatening.  

We actively: 

  • Urge parents / carers to include healthy food options in their children’s lunch packs. 
  • Encourage parents / carers to provide sandwiches (with a healthy savoury protein rich filling), fruit, and dairy based desserts. 
  • Discourage packed lunch contents that consist largely of crisps, processed foods, sweet and overly salty products.
  • Encourage parents and carers to avoid using products containing nuts or items which state ‘may contain nuts’ in their child’s packed lunch to avoid any potential allergic, including peanut butter and chocolate spread. 

Click HERE for healthy packed lunch ideas.

The ingredients which come into the kitchen are thoroughly checked to ensure that no traces of nuts are present in the school kitchen. 

For more information on nut allergies and other common allergies, please look on the Allergy UK Website.