Students are encouraged to use our catering facilities and to buy the healthy choice options provided by our caterers HC3S. There is a full range of products on offer from a full two course lunch, to freshly prepared Deli items, to healthy snacks that can be eaten on the go. Our menu is updated twice yearly and is designed to make the best use of locally sourced seasonal products.
Students may also bring in packed lunches. Food should be eaten in the designated and supervised areas e.g. the main hall or dining room or outside in fine weather.
The school recognises the benefits of a well balanced hot school meal for students, in the middle of the day, and would recommend to parents that this is the best option. However, should parents decide to send in a packed lunch from home, please note the following recommended guidelines set out by the British Nutrition Foundation.
A student's lunch should include only the following:
- A portion of starchy food, e.g. wholegrain bap/bread, sesame seed pitta bread, plain crackers, pasta or rice salad
- Fresh fruit and vegetables, e.g. apple/orange/banana, cherry tomatoes, carrots sticks, mini fruit chunks, etc
- A portion of milk or dairy food, e.g. cheese, plain/fruit yoghurt, etc.
- Small portion of lean meat, fish or alternative, e.g. two slices of ham, chicken, beef, Quorn, cheese, tuna, egg or hummus, etc.
- A drink - fruit juice (not fizzy or diluted squash), water (not flavoured), milk (not flavoured)
Parents are advised to include an ice pack. Food products, prepared and stored in ambient temperatures, can after a period of between two to four hours, have increased levels of bacteria in them, which may be harmful to your child. The school cannot take legal responsibility for foods prepared at home and then brought into school.
In addition, the school requests that parents do not include the following items in packed lunches:
- Sweets, chocolate, etc.
- Crisps or any packeted savoury snacks high in salt and fat
- Fizzy drinks/sugary drinks
- Sweet cakes, e.g. sugary cakes, doughnuts, etc.
- Sweet nut bars, etc.
- Foods containing salted nuts, etc.
- Packets of salted nuts
Parents who have difficulty following these guidelines are requested to contact the school.
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