The school meals served at St Bede's Primary School are made by Dolce. All children are then fed in the school hall, whether they have a packed lunch or a cooked meal.
A two-course meal is provided daily. Menus are designed to meet the nutritional requirements of young children and to introduce a wide variety of food. Social training is also an important aspect of the lunch period.
The children are supervised during the lunch break by supervisory assistants.
All children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are eligible to receive a universal free school meal under a government scheme, should they wish to have dinner and most of the children do choose to have dinner.
Nursery dinners are priced at £1.90 per day. Year 3 to 6 are also able to have a school dinner at a cost of £2.20 per day, however they will rise to £2.30 from 1st April 2018. Money should be sent in an envelope bearing the child's name and class in advance. It is possible to pay via Direct Debit, if you wish to do this then sign up on the live kitchen website.
Provision is also made for those children who bring a packed lunch. As part of our Healthy Schools Initiative, we encourage parents to provide their child with a balanced packed lunch.
If you think you may be entitled to apply for free school meals for your child, you should enquire at the school (this would also entitle them to have free school milk). A claim form will be provided on request.
Our menus run on a four week rotation, menus can be found on the Live Kitchen Site or in the School reception. However these can change at short notice should an event like Christmas or Bonfire fall on that week and other menus will be available.
Thanks to government subsidies, school milk is free for all under-fives and is subsided at around £15 a term for children aged five or older. Please see the website for our milk provider www.coolmilk.com.
Each child may bring a plastic water bottle to school each day filled with fresh water. It has been proven that if children have regular access to water during the day they are more able to concentrate and make greater progress at school.