School Meals, Snacks & Milk
Hertfordshire Catering Limited (HCL) are our school caterers: they operate a ‘cafeteria style’ school meals service in which the children are offered a selection of hot and cold food which is freshly prepared and sourced locally. Jacket potatoes and salads are served daily and a vegetarian option is always offered. They quality of the food offered is excellent and parents are warmly invited to come and try some.
Payment for meals should be made termly in advance. Payments should be made via Arbor. If you receive income support, your children are entitled to free school meals. Information on how to apply may be obtained from the school office. All children in reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are eligible for free lunches thanks to a governmental initiative.
The alternative to a school meal is a packed lunch. Children who bring a packed lunch can eat in the dining room at the same time as the rest of the school and outside in suitable weather. Lunches should be brought in a plastic box with the child’s name clearly written on the top. We do not provide plates or cutlery for packed lunches. Water is available. We cannot accommodate glass ‘Thermos’ flasks, bottles or cans of any kind, but we do allow plastic flasks, pre-packed cardboard containers with an integral straw or screw top drink containers.
Snacks and Drinks
What children eat and drink has a direct effect on how well they learn; for this reason we encourage children to drink plenty of water and children in the early years and Key stage 1 are provided with a free healthy snack mid-morning. The school is part of the National Fruit Scheme and each child in nursery, reception, years 1 and 2 receives a piece of fruit or vegetable, provided free of charge each day.
Older children can bring a healthy snack to school to eat during the mid-morning break. This needs to be a healthy option and should not be biscuits, sweets or chocolate.
Milk is available free to nursery and reception children and those in receipt of Free School Meals due to economic circumstances.