Healthy School Meals

The school is committed to promoting healthy eating as part of our Personal, Social and Health education programme. Our school meals are an important way of presenting children with a range of healthy but appealing food options.

School meals are prepared on site and served in the halls using a cafeteria system. The school cook, and the kitchen staff provide a very high standard of midday meal. There is always a choice of menu including a vegetarian dish and sandwiches, plus an excellent salad bar. Packed lunches can also be provided when children go on school visits.

Dinner money is collected on a Monday morning in special envelopes provided by the school. Any cheques for dinner money must be made payable to Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council. If you are paying for more than one child, one cheque can be written for the total amount and sent in to the youngest child’s class.

A free school meal is provided to some children by reason of the parents’ income level in accordance with scales laid down by the local education authority. If you think your child may be entitled to free meals please contact the school or the Education Offices. Children receiving free school meals are not distinguished from those who pay.

Packed Lunches

If you wish your child to have a packed lunch, please support our health education program by encouraging your child to eat healthily, e.g. include fresh fruit and vegetables, avoid high fat and high salt contents.
Please do not include sweets or chocolate bars in packed lunches.
Children bringing a packed lunch must bring it in a named lunchbox.

If a healthy drink is brought children are expected to pour it into a cup or drink through a straw; drinking from bottles is not allowed at table. Fizzy/energy drinks are not permitted. No bottles, cans or flasks are allowed.

If you wish to change your child’s meal pattern, e.g. change from packed lunch to school meals, a terms notice must be given at the main office as food is ordered a term in advance and staffing levels in the kitchen depend on the number of school meals ordered.

The children are supervised at lunchtime by Supervisory Assistants under the direction of the Heads of School.

Water Bottles

There has been much research promoting the importance of drinking plenty of water throughout the day, therefore every child is provided with a water bottle for use in school.

In addition to the many health benefits, the evidence also indicates that there is a strong link between drinking water and increased concentration in children. Obviously, this could have a very beneficial effect on children’s learning and progress.

The bottles will be provided for all children and kept in school, freshly filled each day. Flavoured waters, squash, fruit juices or fizzy drinks are not allowed as they can all have a bad effect on children’s teeth if sipped regularly during the school day. Research shows that plain water is best for rehydration.