Mrs. Appleby and her team cook fantastic meals for our children and staff. They have been praised by everyone who comes in and tries our meals because of how good they are. School meals are one of the things that can be so important to children as they learn. They provide the energy they need to keep going through the afternoon and provide children with a hot meal for the day, which can be difficult for hardworking parents and carers. Due to the fact that ours are so good we have about a 70% take up for the whole school, which is greater than many other schools and 95% in Key Stage 1.
We are proud of our home-produced menus, and are developing further ideas for healthy lunch choices which include the children’s own ideas. We hold many themed days and weeks which give the children a chance to taste some things that they might ordinarily shy away from and gives us a chance to share in some celebrations as a whole community such as Armistice Day, Christmas and more recently Brain Busters for SATs and a week of traditional English meals culminating in a ‘grab ‘n’ go’ picnic for family and friends.
To adhere to the National Nutritional Standards for Primary Schools, lunches contain at least one item from the following food groups:
- starchy foods such as bread, potatoes, rice and pasta (starchy food cooked in oil or fat is not served more than three times a week);
- fruit and a vegetable is available every day; fruit-based desserts are available twice a week;
- milk and dairy foods;
- meat, fish and alternative sources of protein; red meat is served at least twice a week, and fish at least once a week.
From September 2014 all pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 in state-funded schools in England are eligible for free school meals. The legal requirement on schools is to provide a lunchtime meal that meets the School Food Standards, and expects that pupils are offered a hot meal option. At Gosfield the children will be offered a daily hot meal, a vegetarian hot option or a hot jacked potato meal with either baked bean, cheese or tuna filling plus the salad bar.
Many parents with children in Key Stage 2 may not realise that they are entitled to Free School Meals. There is a direct link to the online application form below and the details of eligibility are also shown. Details can also be found at www.essex.gov.uk. Free School Meals also have a direct impact on the school budget in respect of Pupil Premium and therefore we would encourage all those who are eligible to claim. If you are unsure or need any support with the online form (or anything else to do with school meals) please contact us through the office.
Free school meals
- income support or income-based Job Seekers Allowance;
- Child Tax Credit with an annual taxable income of less than £16,190
- Pension Guarantee Credit;
- income-related Employment and Support Allowance;
- support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.
Please see below the new summer menus which will run on a 3 week rota starting with week 1 on 19/04/17