There can’t be:
There is more information about these standards on the Children’s Food Trust website.
The NHS Choices web site Living Well has information for pupils and their families about food that’s good to eat; food hygiene and safety; and how what you eat has an impact on different life stages, from babies to grandparents.
Birmingham school menus are designed to offer choice, great value for money and the knowledge that each menu meets the legislative standards for school food.
The 4 weekly menu cycles offers a variety of dishes each day for your child to choose from. The menus include many favourites including roasts, curries, pasta, pizza, fruit smoothies and traditional puddings.
Your child may select salad from the salad cart instead of vegetables and fruit or yoghurt instead of the pudding choice. Drinking water is always available and fresh bread is free to accompany your child’s meal.
During the year there are planned theme days where the lunch is linked to curricular activity, celebrates a current event or just adds fun to the lunchtime.
The cost of a school meal per day is:
Nursery £1.80 Reception to Y6 £2.10
Cheques or cash should be placed in a sealed envelope clearly marked with your child’s name and class and handed into the class teacher or at the School Office. We prefer two weeks’ notice to change lunch arrangements.
Some people like to choose a mix of school dinners and packed lunch for their child – that’s absolutely fine, as long as it’s the same pattern of school dinners and packed lunches every week. Just let office staff know which days you’d like to opt in for a school meal in the week, and which days you’d prefer to provide your child with a packed lunch. Our most popular day for school meals is ‘Pizza Friday!’
Free school meals
Free school meals are available to all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. They are also available to some older children according to family income. It’s important to register for entitlement to free school meals, even if your child has a packed lunch or is in a younger class – this is so we can receive additional funding (called the pupil premium) which we can use to help your child.
Children under the age of 19 are entitled to Free School Meals if their parents, carers or guardians receive any of the following:
In the first two categories above, parents / carers can obtain a Free School Meals application form from the school. We have a team who are able to provide support, advice and help in the application process in a sensitive, discrete and confidential manner. The team is happy to talk face to face, over the phone or by email.
Each member of the team can be contacted by phone on 0121 454 0600 or email, as stated above.
When completed, the form should be given to the school. Parents, carers and guardians can ensure free meals are provided promptly by supplying evidence of entitlement to the school, e.g. a Benefits Agency letter or Income Support payment book. Photocopies of any such documentation may be taken by the school and retained on file.
Parents / carers who are asylum seekers must provide a letter, from either the Birmingham City Council Asylum Seekers Team or the National Asylum Support Service (Home Office) NASS, stating that they are receiving support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999, in order to receive free school meals. Schools should keep photocopies of such letters. For audit purposes, the school will require the following information to be kept on file:
For those in receipt of the ‘Guaranteed’ element of Pension Credit it is suggested that parents produce their ‘Pension Credit M1000 Award Notice’ as proof of entitlement. The ‘How Pension Credit has been worked out for …’ section of this form clearly shows details of any Guaranteed Pension Credit in payment.
All claim forms and copies of proofs supporting a claim for Free School Meals are to be retained by the school.
Further information can be obtained from:
Alternatively, children may bring a packed lunch which is eaten in the main hall during the winter and outside during the summer months.
Packed lunches should be in a secure named container. No sweets are allowed – instead, we encourage lots of fruit or vegetables. Water is available for children who choose a packed lunch. However, your child can bring their own drink in a non-breakable container – please no fizzy drinks.
Click on the link above which will take you to the ‘Healthier lunchboxes and picnics’ section of the NHS Change 4 Life website. It has some great ideas for you. Just choose a week from the list below the icon on the left hand side of this page, and in no time you’ll have delicious lunchbox ideas for all the family.
Take the lunchbox list with you when you shop – it will help you avoid reaching for tempting, less healthy foods, and it could save you time and money too!
Try these ideas and see if you can chuck the chocolate… or reduce it! Try some healthy ways with fruit – great for counting towards your 5 A DAY:
Instead of crisps and pork scratchings which can all be high in salt and fat, try:
Snacking on veg also counts towards your 5 A DAY and ups your fibre intake too. So how about these: