School Dinners


 

Our school meals are provided by The Collegiate Catering Company, who provide freshly prepared, nutritious meals onsite. The menu is rotated every 3 weeks and the current menu can be downloaded and viewed below. Most days there are two choices of hot food – at least one of which is vegetarian – as well as a cold pasta or sandwich option. Every child who has a school meal also has access to a salad bar.

School Meals are free for all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 and for those children in KS2 who entitled to free school meals. For pupils who are in KS2 and who are NOT entitled to free school meals, they cost £2.35 per day. All school meals, including free meals, are ordered through Arbor and orders must be completed by midnight of the previous Thursday. Parents can choose which food option they would like their child to have on individual days and known dietary requirements can be cater for. Unfortunately, we are unable to offer halal meat so, if this is required, then a vegetarian option should be ordered.

All of our meals comply with School Food Standards.

The kitchen also runs themed lunch days, which can be ordered using Arbor in the normal way. 

Click on the image below for full sized versions of our current menu.


Packed Lunch from Home


 

Your child may bring a packed lunch from home into school.  Please do not include sweets, chocolate bars or fizzy drinks in packed lunches and there are no cooling facilities for the packed lunches so please include a ‘freezer pack’ in the lunchbox if necessary. Children are not allowed to swap things from their lunch boxes or give each other food. 

West Sussex is a ‘nut free authority’. Please do not include nuts (including peanut butter)as these are extremely dangerous for some children and members of staff. 

Lunchtime supervisors oversee pupils eating lunch and will report any concerns to the class teacher e.g. children who do not seem to eat enough or do not appear to have a balanced diet. These concerns will then be reported to parents or carers.


Mindfulness Mealtimes


Following Covid ‘bubbles’  with staggered lunchtimes, children found returning to busy lunch halls, with up to 180 children eating at the same time, too loud and overwhelming. Following consultation with our Change Champions, staff and parents, Mindfulness Mealtimes were introduced and allow all children to eat in a much calmer environment, while still being able to enjoy social interaction, talking to their friends. If the noise level gets too loud, the children are given a 1 minute silence to reset. The expectations for Mindfulness Mealtimes are straightforward and reinforced with visual cues and calming music:


The feedback from both children and staff has been overwhelmingly positive and Mindfulness Mealtimes are an integral part of our school day. 


Positive Playtimes




Positive Playtimes began in Autumn 2023 on both the KS1 and KS2 playgrounds. Led by our dedicated lunchtime supervisors, children are encouraged to partake in ‘Game of the Week’ and ‘Craze of the Week’ but also have access to a calm zone – led by our Nurture Team in KS2 – and a free play zone. KS1 children get the opportunity to experience the climbing zone on a rota basis.