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School Meals & Packed Lunches

ABOUT CHARTWELLS

 

For over a quarter of a century, Chartwells has focused on helping those in education to build strong bodies, sharp minds and enbrace positive dietary and lifestyle behaviours that last a lifetime. 

 

"As truly passionate education and school caterers, it's our aim for every pupil and student to have the same opportunities to develop and make a positive contribution when learning at school.  It's our mission to help them do it".   

 

The Chartwells team works closely with us to tailor menus to the tastes and preferences of our students. It introduces further interest and excitement to menus through themed lunches and dinners ranging from holidays like Easter and Christmas to cuisines from around the world, tying these into the school curriculum whenever possible in a fun and stimulating way.

 

The Catering Team work closely with students and their families to address individual dietary needs.

HOW TO PAY

 

A meal deal costs £2.75 and consists of the meal of the day and pudding (either yoghurt, fruit or a sweet option).

 

You will be able to pay for school meals in advance via ParentPay and will be able to view all transactions.  

PACKED LUNCHES

We encourage our students to eat a balanced and healthy diet. Harrison Catering offers a range of healthy, delicious meals.  However, should your child prefer to bring a packed lunch, here are some guidelines we would appreciate you following: 

 

Packed lunches to include:

  • At least one portion of fruit and one portion of vegetables.
  • A carbohydrate food such as wholemeal or granary bread, pasta, potato salad.
  • Dairy food such as milk, cheese, yogurt or
  • Meat, fish or other source of non-dairy
  • Drinks should be water, still or sparkling, fruit juice, semi skimmed milk, yogurt or milk drinks or smoothies.

 

An example of a healthy packed lunch is:

  • tuna or ham salad sandwich;
  • bread sticks with a hummus dip, cucumber or carrot batons,
  • apple;
  • yogurt; and
  • a bottle of flavoured water.

 

Packed lunches should not contain:

  • Snacks such as crisps. (Instead they can bring seeds, vegetables and fruit. Savoury crackers or bread sticks served with fruit or vegetables are also a good choice.)
  • Confectionery such as chocolate bars and sweets. Cakes and biscuits are allowed, but these should only be eaten as part of a balanced meal.
  • Meat products such as sausage rolls, individual pies, corned meat and sausage / chipolatas should be included only occasionally.
  • Fizzy drinks or energy drinks (these are not allowed in school at all).

 

Allergies and special diets

Please be aware that some students suffer from allergies. Please do not put items in your child's packed lunch containing nuts.

 

We also recognise that some students may require special diets that do not exactly comply with Health In Education standards. In this case we urge you to be responsible in ensuring that packed lunches are as healthy as possible.

 

For the reasons above, we ask that students do not swap food items.

 

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