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Healthy eating at Devonshire

At Devonshire we recognise the important connection between a healthy diet and children's ability to learn effectively and reach their fullest potential.

We aim to promote the health and well being of pupils by ensuring that

  • healthy food and drink are consumed at school;
  • consistent messages about food and health are given to pupils and their parents/carers;
  • pupils are given the information they need to make healthy choices;
  • medical, religious and cultural requirements are respected; and
  • the school is a nut free zone.

Snacks

Dedicated fruit time Children in Key Stage 2 are encouraged to bring a fruit to school which they eat at a dedicated fruit time. No other snacks are allowed. Key Stage 1 and Reception children participate in a scheme whereby free fruit and vegetables are offered as snacks during morning and afternoon play. The Nursery children are encouraged to bring in a piece of fruit to share.

Water

We encourage the consumption of water throughout the day. Children in the Infants and Juniors are encouraged to bring a named (clear) plastic bottle filled with water which they have access to throughout the day. Water fountains are available for use during the day and water is provided at lunchtime.  The Nursery children are provided with water jugs and cups to encourage regular drinking of water.

Milk

Milk is provided at a cost published to parents each term and children entitled to free school meals are also entitled to free milk.

School lunches

Chris Eley having lunch with the Infants during National School Meals Week Caterlink are responsible for providing school lunches at Devonshire Primary School.

The meals meet the School Food Standards and comprise a hot balanced meal every day.

The Caterer and staff freshly prepare and cook the meals in our school kitchen.

The meal includes a choice of two main meals (one of which is suitable for a vegetarian diet) or a jacket potato with filling, a choice of two vegetables, a salad bar, freshly baked bread, a pudding of the day or a choice of fresh fruit, organic yogurt or cheese and biscuits, and drinking water.

Please see link below for information regarding Caterlink including the menus and allergens information:

http://www.mycaterlink.co.uk/sutton/

Please see the link below for further information:

https://www.sutton.gov.uk/info/200130/education_schools_and_nurseries/1382/school_meals

The Headteacher, Mr Martin Kearsey, is an enthusiastic supporter of school lunches and has school lunch every day with the children. The chair of governors, Chris Eley, frequently has school lunch.

The school participates in the annual week-long event (National School Meals Week) to promote the high quality, nutritional school meals now available.

Paying for school lunches

National School Meals Week

All children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are entitled to have free school lunches, known as Universal Infant Free School Meals. We ask that parents still register their children for free school meals, if applicable, as the school then receives vital funding, known as Pupil Premium, which is used to raise the attainment of children.

For children in Years 3 to 6, school lunches must be paid for in advance, either on a weekly or half-termly basis. School lunches cost £2.15 per day. The school operates a secure payment service called ParentPay. Parents can pay for school lunches online using ParentPay or using a barcode letter at a PayPoint store. The school does not accept cash or cheques as payment for school meals. For more information see Payment for school meals.

Families who are in receipt of specific benefits and/or allowances may be eligible for free school meals for their children. Details can be obtained from the school office.

Packed lunches

The school encourages a balanced and healthy diet where children are bringing packed lunches to school, whether it is on a daily basis or for a school trip.

The Government advises that a healthy diet should include fresh fruit and vegetables and juice, water or milk as drinks. Foods to be discouraged are crisps or other salty snacks and highly processed foods. The school asks every parent/carer to support its efforts to ensure that all children have a healthy lunch by adhering to the guidelines given.

For health and safety reasons packed lunches must not contain

  • Nuts or food containing nuts
  • Glass or cans
  • Hot food or liquids

The following items are also not allowed

  • Sweets including chocolate
  • Fizzy drinks

PSA events

The PSA supports the school's aim to promote the health and well-being of pupils. When organising events, this aim will be always be considered whilst recognising that children have treats on special occasions.

A - Z Club

The A - Z Club supports the schools aim to promote the health and well-being of pupils. Children attending the A - Z Breakfast Club are given a substantial nutritional breakfast. Children at the A - Z After School Club are provided with drinks and a light tea.

Curriculum

The school's curriculum promotes the health and well being of pupils in a variety of curriculum areas and extra curricular activities. There are a number of opportunities for pupils to develop their knowledge and understanding of the food that contributes to a healthy diet and the practical skills associated with such knowledge.

Ofsted Graded GOOD

Bronze Sainsbury's School Games Mark

Health schools London award - bronze 2016

Quality Mark Logo 2015

Sustainable travel: The Bronze Award is the first level of STARS accreditation. Achieving this demonstrates that a school encourages and promotes active and safe travel to the whole school community.

Silver award logo 2016

Bronze food for life mark

activemark

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