We are delighted that the school meals have been very successful and that the number of children staying for meals has exceeded our expectations. Due to this, we have been able to keep the price of our meals at £2.00 each and we intend to keep this price for the foreseeable future.
The meals are served in the hall and children can sit together with friends whether they take a school meal or have a packed lunch provided from home. We are very keen to ensure that this time is a pleasant, social environment and the children are welcome to stay for as long as they wish.
The children in the Early Years (Reception) come into the hall first and eat their meals as a group with the support of their Learning Support Assistants and the Mid-Day Assistants. We help them with any difficult wrappers, cut up food for them and encourage them to eat the lunch provided either by their family or their hot meal. We will contact you if we have any consistent concerns regarding the amount that they are eating because it is very important the children do not go into the afternoon school session hungry.
Our cook has worked hard to put together a menu which the children enjoy and also one which meets all the School Food Trust’s recommendations. We will continue to ensure that our menus more than meet the nutritional guidelines but as an Academy we have the freedom to put together our own menu which takes into account the likes and dislikes of our children.
Jotmans Hall’s school meals menus have been put together with an emphasis on healthy choices and, with this in mind, we offer a range of savoury dishes with either vegetables or salad plus a selection of fruit, yoghurts and other homemade desserts. Water is freely available for the children to drink.
Due to the number of children with nut allergies, we operate a nut-free policy with all food in school. We would ask parents and carers to avoid including nuts in any item in their child’s lunchbox.
In addition, our cook will work closely with parents and carers of any child with food allergies to try to cater for their needs and have attached three menu's which are examples of the kind of things we can do to show we cater for all needs. Please contact Mrs Ketley on her direct email address if you have any queries regarding your child’s specific requirements (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Please see below the documents giving details of allergens in our main menu and after-school club menu.
How to Order
Children are very welcome to try a hot meal at any time, they do not have to have a consistent pattern of meal choices. However, the meals should be booked in advance by completing the booking form and returning it to the office with payment by Thursday morning of the previous week. Whilst there is some flexibility for booking meals ad-hoc, we would ask if this could be used in an emergency only because it is very hard for the catering team to supply extra meals with short notice.
Universal Infant Free School Meals (UIFSM)
From September 2014 ALL pupils in Early Years, Year 1 and Year 2 are entitled to a free school meal under this Government initiative.
Please see the letter from our cook with information about this new initiative.