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Food Policy

Kirkby C of E Primary School Food Policy


Proper nutrition is essential for good health and effective learning.

We aim to:

We aim to promote healthy & balanced eating by:

School Catering:

We believe that the subtle messages that pupils receive about food and health from the daily life of school are as important as those given during lessons, e.g. school menus, peer pressure to eat certain snacks in packed lunches.  By working together, we promote healthier eating habits.

Packed Lunches:

A guidance leaflet is issued to parents, developed in consultation with parents on the content of packed lunches.


Packed lunches should include some fruit or vegetable eg piece of fruit or fruit juice, dried fruit, cherry tomato, raw carrot, cucumber wedge.  Sweets, sugary drinks and chocolate should not be included.  Diluted fruit juice in a screw top bottle is cheaper and easier to manage than prepared drinks.  The school provides a suitable storage area for lunch boxes.  All waste and uneaten food is returned in the lunch box so that parents know what has been eaten.

Mid-morning Snack:

Free fruit and milk are provided for Key Stage1 and Foundation Stage. Healthy snack is provided for Key Stage 2.

School Tuck Shop:

This is run every Friday by children, supported and stocked by the Learning Mentor and normally offers fruit juice, smoothies and fruit at cost price.

Breakfast and After School Club:

Food provided will be nutritious and balanced, children have choices that include; cereals, toast, yoghurts, fresh fruit and vegetables, sandwiches, soups, fresh fruit drinks, milk and water.

Drinks Policy

School Ethos, Environment and Organisation:

The school recognises:

Teachers, caterers and mid-day supervisors work together to create a good dining room ambience and the development of appropriate table manners.

Non-teaching staff are supported by the school behaviour policy.

All reception children are encouraged to have school meals to support the development of social skills and to promote acceptance of a wide range of foods.

We use a cash cafeteria system.

Free School Meals:

The school recognises the particular value of school meals to children from low-income families.  The system for free school meals is actively promoted to parents by the school and a non-discriminatory process is emphasised.  With effect from September 2014 all Key Stage 1 children have an entitlement to a free school meal.

Treats and Rewards:

To ensure consistent messages, sweets are not used as rewards.

School Trips

Pupils will be encouraged to bring a healthy packed lunch along on school trips.


Curriculum, Teaching and Learning:

Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) and Citizenship

Opportunities given to children contribute to the teaching of personal, social and health education and citizenship.

Children learn about the benefits of exercise and healthy eating, and how to make informed choices about these things.

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development

The teaching of a healthy lifestyle offers opportunities to support the social development of our children through the way we expect them to work with each other in lessons.

Groupings allow children to work together and give them the chance to discuss their ideas and performance. Their work in general enables them to develop a respect for other children’s levels of ability, and encourages them to co-operate across a range of activities and experiences.

Children learn to respect and work with each other, and develop a better understanding of themselves and of each other.

Snack time, lunch, after school and breakfast clubs encourage children to be social when eating.  Where appropriate, the children sit at tables.

Parental Involvement:

A progress report on the school food policy is considered by the governors every 2 years and action identified in the school development plan. Parents are consulted before any major changes are made.

Human Resources Governors Committee will take lead responsibility for making this policy work.

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