Food in School

A healthy eating policy to help our children to thrive.

We use School Gateway for parents to pay for school meals. If you need details of setting up an account, please contact the school office.

Help us reduce single use plastic in children's packed lunches.

school FOOD and snacks

We use School Gateway for parents to pay for school meals. If you need details of setting up an account, please contact the school office.

Help us reduce single use plastic in children's packed lunches.

Common sense and science tell us that children eating a healthy diet learn better and thrive. Our healthy eating policy supports learning, achievement and the National Obesity Strategy.

The Universal Free School Meals programme has increased the number of children entitled to a free school meal and we recommend that families take advantage of a home cooked free lunch for children in Reception through to year 2.

Free School Meals are currently provided for all children in Reception to the end of year 2.

However, if you are entitled to free school meals because of low income it is really important that you still apply online. Then we will receive additional Pupil Premium funding for your child and you will be entitled to a one-off uniform grant as well as other benefits (financial support for clubs and contributions for trips and residential visits).

We hope that all families, those choosing a packed lunch and those having a school dinner will support our healthy eating policy.

(Almost) Everything in Moderation

EVERY DAY - water in water bottles, fresh fruit or vegetables.

FRIDAYS ONLY - crisps, biscuits, cakes.

NEVER - sweets, gum or fizzy drinks.



With a healthy breakfast at school or at home, children should not need to eat filling snacks before lunch. Coming to a healthy lunch feeling hungry is a good eating habit to get into, reducing obesity as well as food waste.

  • Children in Reception and Key Stage 1 have a piece of free fruit mid-morning.

  • Children in Key Stage 2 (years 3-6) may bring a piece of fruit or from home.

  • We expect that snacks brought from home support our healthy eating policy including being a nut free school.

Good Manners

The overwhelming majority of children should arrive in school able to use a knife and fork to eat. Being able to cut up your own food increases independence and enjoyment of lunch. Putting your knife and fork together to signal they have finished eating is a good skill to learn for every time you eat in a cafe, restaurant or when good manners count. Eating with your mouth closed is more pleasant for those eating with you and eating over your plate reduces the mess on the floor. Good manners help yourself and other people and are an important part of learning to be pro social and independent.

Most children eat in the hall. We expect good manners for eating in a cafe system. Children are expected to eat with their mouth closed, use a knife and fork and clear their plates before returning to their table to wipe it down with a cloth and brush up any food on the floor.

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Healthy Eating

School meals conform to nutritional standards so you know your child is getting a balanced meal. They also encourage children to try new foods and be less fussy. Following a parent/carer survey where 80% supported healthier lunches, from September 2020 children will have a choice of fruit or yoghurt dessert Monday-Thursday with a choice of cakes and biscuits on Fridays.

Paying for Food

A cashless payment system can be topped-up using School Gateway online or by a cheque to made payable to Cheshire West and Chester. If possible please avoid sending in cash. Snacks and meals should be paid for in advance. C children in receipt of free school meals (including all children from Reception - Year 2) have their lunch account topped up automatically.

packed lunches & Food from home

To conform to our Healthy Eating policy a healthy packed lunch should include the following:

  • Vitamins, minerals and fibre - fresh fruit, dried fruit and/or raw vegetables

  • Carbohydrates - bread, crackers, breadsticks - aim for low in sugar and salt

  • Protein - pulses, cheese, fish or meat

  • A drink - fresh fruit juice or water (no sugary or fizzy drinks please)

A good rule of thumb: less packaging = less processed = healthier.

Drinks and Sweets

  • Children can bring water in a water bottle (please wash out and fill up daily at home).

  • No flavoured drinks, or canned/fizzy drinks, sweets (including cough sweets), chocolate bars and chewing gum).

We are a Nut-Free School

If your child has been diagnosed with a food allergy or intolerance we can make reasonable adjustments if informed and advised by a suitably qualified health professional. Safeguarding procedures do not permit us to take the word of any person who is not a qualified health professional working in a professional capacity with the child.

Some children in our school have severe nut allergies so no nuts or products containing nuts please. Some products are labelled 'may contain nuts.' These labels are precautionary and are permitted.

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Birthday Treats

While we wish children a happy birthday, we don't distribute bags of sweets or cake to classes.