From September 2014, significant changes happened to school food: cooking is back on the curriculum, every pupil in reception, year 1 and 2 is eligible for free school meals and from January, new food standards are being introduced. These are three of the 16 actions in the School Food Plan, which aims to transform what children eat in schools and how they learn about food (see www.schoolfoodplan.com).
Good food and good food culture has been shown to lead not only to healthier, happier and more fulfilled children, but to improved educational attainment. Evidence from those areas that already provide universal free school meals is that children eat more healthily and perform better academically. Schools in those areas have also reported improved behaviour and atmosphere as a result of all pupils eating together every day.
We believe that the school lunchtime is a great opportunity for all our children to sit down together and enjoy their healthy and tasty meal, while developing their social skills. We therefore hope that all parents will take up this offer of a free school meal for our infant pupils.
Our Hot School Meal provider is Chartwells. Click here for details on the Chartwell company.
I hope you will take advantage of this opportunity for your child to enjoy a healthy, balanced and nutritious meal every day.