Children in key stage 1 – reception, year 1 and year 2 – are entitled to a free hot meal or packed lunch.
If your child is in key stage 2, you can pay for their meals by cash or cheque, in a named envelope handed in to the academy office, or by using an online Squid account.
Pupils across all years may be entitled to receive free school meals if parents are in receipt of financial support. You can find out more about this, and check if you are eligible, on the Nottinghamshire County Council website.
Each meal consists of a protein (either meat, fish or a vegetarian option), two vegetables, a starchy carbohydrate such as pasta, rice or potato, and a pudding. There is also salad available daily for children to help themselves to, and fresh drinking water is always on offer. We also have fruit and yoghurts available for those who don’t want a pudding.
We realise that not all children will want a full hot meal at lunchtime. Therefore, there are daily options of jacket potatoes with a variety of fillings and a range of sandwiches to choose from instead. You can also switch between packed lunches and school meals, or just send your child with a packed lunch, if you prefer.
Our dedicated team of nutritionists work with our chef teams to create menus for those children that suffer with allergies or require a special diet. A special diet is a requirement different to the choices offered within the menu cycle, which are medically required or due to religious beliefs. For medically required diets, all special diet requests are required to be supported with a GP or Dietitians letter confirming the allergy.
The Chartwells nutrition team develops four core special diet menus that are released with every new central menu cycle. This includes gluten, milk, egg, and nut-free menus. Chartwells can also create multi-allergy menus on a case by case basis.
Please note that, for safety reasons, Chartwells can only provide a special diet menu for any of the 14 EU allergens, which include:
- cereals containing gluten
- milk and milk derivatives
- egg, nuts, peanuts, lupin, soya, fish
- celery, sesame seeds, mustard
- sulphur dioxide and sulphites at concentrations of more than 10mg/kg or 10mg/litre expressed as SO2
Once a special diet menu is devised it will then be sent to you for written consent, and only when you have authorised the menu will any food be given to your child.