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

Father’s Day Lunch – Friday, 13th June, Fathers Day Lunch 2014 (PDF, 407.81 KB)

World Cup Lunch – England v Uruguay Thursday 19th June, World Cup Choice 2014 (PDF, 4.79 MB)

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 current 4 weekly menu is being extended until June and our new menu will launch on Monday 16th June 2014.

Week 1 – w/c 24 March and 19 May
Week 2 – w/c 3 March, 31 March and 28 April
Week 3 – w/c 10 March, 7 April, 5 May and 2 June
Week 4 – w/c 17 March, 12 May and 9 June

After consultation with our customers and catering teams some changes have been made to our menus with effect from 28th January 2013. You can view these new menus here.

Primary Standard Menu (PDF, 350.66 KB) Primary Choice Menu (PDF, 350.58 KB)

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 Primary Menu (DOC, 67 KB)

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Secondary schools

Get the new term off to a delicious and nutritious start with one of our Winter Warmer Meal Deals. From only £1.45 choose a crispy topped mac ‘n’ cheese or a tasty sausage chilli with vegetables and either potatoes, rice or pasta included in the price.

Secondary School Promotions Spring Term 2014 (PDF, 5.78 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

Typical Secondary School Lunch Menu (PDF, 299.3 KB) Typical Secondary School Morning Menu (PDF, 557.86 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

Soil Association’s Food Bronze Catering Mark

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 April 7, 2014.