Food in School
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.
Children in Key Stage 2 are encouraged to bring a fruit to school which they eat at a dedicated fruit time. Early Years and Key Stage 1 children participate in a scheme whereby free fruit and vegetables are offered as snacks during morning play.
We encourage the consumption of water throughout the day. All children are encouraged to bring a named 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.
All children receive free milk each day until their 5th birthday. After this, milk is provided at a cost. Children entitled to free school meals are also entitled to free milk. Everybody has to apply for milk after their child’s 5th birthday via CoolMilk - www.coolmilk.com. Milk is 22p a day.
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.
Paying for school lunches
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 £2.30 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.
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.
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
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.