Why choose school meals?

Lunch time is an important part of a child’s school day, giving pupils a break with friends and the chance to recharge their batteries ready for the afternoon’s activities.

We think that there are many good reasons why choosing a school meal is the best lunchtime option for children at the schools we cater for within the district:

Quality meal provision

  • Our meals use fresh high quality ingredients
  • Our tasty school meals, provide lots of choice and great variety with menus operating on a 3 week cycle
  • All meat and poultry used is fresh and locally sourced and our fresh vegetables and potatoes are locally sourced
  • We don’t use any preservatives, colouring or additives that are unsuitable for children
  • Our Halal meals, provided for Muslims, are 100% authentic with an approved and fully audited supply chain
  • There are no nuts or Genetically Modified (GM) foods on offer and salt, fat and sugar content is kept to a minimum across the whole menu
  • Non meat choices are available every day
  • Special dietary needs can be catered for

Great value

  • A school meal provides excellent value for money and allows you to budget and plan.
  • They are a really cost effective way to ensure your child has a healthy balanced meal at lunchtimes.
  • Primary schools pupils can choose from either two-course hot meals or sandwich-based options. These meals are provided free to all primary school pupils in reception class and Years 1 and 2 and typically cost only £2.20 for pupils in Years 3 to 6.
  • Secondary schools students have a wide selection of individually priced meals and snack items to choose from. Set meal deals are also available at a typical cost of £2.70.
  • What’s more, our complete menu range is available for children eligible for free school meals.

Balanced nutrition

  • By choosing school meals you can rest assured that your child has a tasty and nutritious meal everyday, packed full of the goodness that growing bodies need.
  • Our menus meet the government’s standards for school meals.
  • Children who eat a well balanced diet at lunchtime are more likely to have better concentration levels in the afternoon, improving their learning, behaviour and health.


  • It saves you the time and effort of planning and preparing a varied and nutritious lunch for your child
  • It’s one less job for busy parents to do
  • No need to worry about the lunch box contents during the warm weather

Social skills

  • Provides the opportunity to further develop their social skills as they sit down with friends to enjoy their meals.
  • School meals help encourage good eating habits from an early age.
  • There are plenty of opportunities to try new foods, either on the standard menu or as part of our regular promotional theme menus.

It’s fun

  • Our well trained catering teams are helpful, friendly and there to ensure your child is satisfied with their meal choice.
  • The promotional events we regularly hold add even more fun and enjoyment to our customer’s lunchtime experience.

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