School meals

What children eat is an important part of their learning experience; health and progress stem from their eating habits which are established in their formative years at primary school.

We believe we have a responsibility to assist with the education process through the provision of healthy, wholesome and enjoyable foods – which also meet the ethnic and where possible the dietary requirements of pupils.

Our experience in feeding children in Warwickshire schools is extensive and we focus on continual improvement to ensure that they enjoy their lunchtime meal as well as providing value for the price of the meal.

Applying

If you would like your child to have school meals, please contact your school directly.

Free school meals – find out about free school meals, check if you are able to receive them, and apply online.


Cost

The cost of school meals is set by each school. Please contact your school to find out how much they charge for meals.


Primary schools

Special Promotional Menus

We are busy planning some exciting events and special menus for the new school year, starting with our Food for Life Roast Dinner Day in November. More details to follow.

Please note not all schools offer all promotions, and some offer promotions on different dates. Please check with your child’s school for availability.

Menus

Meat and poultry products used on the menus are sourced from within the UK, with many coming from surrounding counties. All meet the ‘Red Tractor Assured Food Standards’ criteria. Eggs used in schools, which are free range, are from Leicestershire and fish products labelled on our menus meet ‘Marine Stewardship Council’ standards. Pork and lamb meatballs are sourced from UK Foodhall in Shrewsbury and our beef meatballs and minced beef, which are organic, come from Lower Hurst Farm in Derbyshire.

Our next 4 weekly menu cycle begins with Week One commencing 16th June 2014
and from then on as follows:

Week One – 14/07, 1/09, 29/09, 24/11, 19/01/15, 16/3 and 13/4
Week Two – 23/6, 8/9, 6/10, 3/11, 1/12, 26/1/15, 23/2, 23/3, 20/4
Week Three – 30/6, 15/9, 13/10, 10/11, 8/12, 5/1/15, 2/2, 2/3, 27/4
Week Four – 7/7, 22/9, 20/10, 17/11, 15/12, 12/1/15, 9/2, 9/3, 4/5

Primary Lunch Menu Standard (PDF, 827.09 KB) Primary Lunch Menu Choice (PDF, 830.16 KB)

Some schools offer additional menu items alongside their hot lunch menu. These may include:

Cold Lunch Menu (PDF, 335.18 KB) Filled Jacket Potato Menu (PDF, 334.12 KB)

please check with your school for further details

Vegetarian (V) choices are shown on the menus.

Halal alternatives are available in selected schools as appropriate – contact your child’s school for more information.

Some menu items may change to meet customer preferences by agreement with individual schools.

Easy read version of the menus

Easy Read Menu (PDF, 27.63 KB)
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Secondary schools

See our fantastic offers for the Autumn term, starting with jacket potato deals in September, traditional British puds from 50p in October, our American Diner menu in November and a countdown to Christmas treats towards the end of term.

Secondary Promotions Autumn Term 2014 (PDF, 1.34 MB)

How the service is offered

The menu for secondary schools is based on a ‘cash cafeteria’ style service – where pupils can choose from individually priced food items.

Secondary School FAQ 2013 (PDF, 2.44 MB)

- information on the dining experience in Warwickshire secondary schools.

Breakfast is offered in some schools and a morning break service is available in all schools. Meal choices may vary according to local arrangements.

Menus

Secondary School Menus and Prices 2014-15 (PDF, 1.53 MB) Secondary School Typical Lunch Menu 2014-15 (PDF, 686.93 KB)

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Special educational needs schools

The menu in each school is based on a choice style service and varies according to pupil preferences. Pupils, teachers, parents, carers and other health professionals have been instrumental in developing these menus. For information about the current menu choice please contact your child’s school.

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Nutritional guidelines

Our menus match the Nutritional Standards set by the Government and we seek to enable pupils to learn to choose food wisely and achieve a balanced diet.

Our menus contain.

  • Less fat – we use polyunsaturated pure vegetable oil for cooking, and oven bake foods in preference to frying.
  • Less sugar – we have reduced the sugar content in our recipes.
  • Less salt – we use the minimum amount of salt in our recipes and do not place salt on the dining tables.
  • More fibre – we have increased the fibre in our menus through the use of wholemeal bread and flour, pasta, fresh fruit and vegetable crudités and other items enriched in fibre.

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Awards

Good Egg Award

The Good Egg Awards have celebrated companies who are using only cage-free eggs or egg products, or committing to do so by 2012. This program works by recognising and rewarding producers, manufacturers, food service, retailers and public bodies for working in a sustainable and responsible way.

Compassion in World Farming’s Food Business

Warwickshire school dinners are top nosh

The Food for Life Partnership is a network of schools and communities across England committed to transforming food culture. Together we are revolutionising school meals, reconnecting children and young people with where their food comes from, and inspiring families to grow and cook food.

Food for Life Partnership

School meals was last updated on September 17, 2014.