Parents & Carers

Meals and Snacks

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We are always in the mood for good food!

We are Aspens Services, a market leading contract catering company and we specialise in school food. 

We only work in the education sector so we know what our customers want.  Mixing this knowledge with an understanding of what’s hot in the food world sparks creativity and excitement in our chefs. Our kitchens provide delicious home cooked food each day and cater for individual dietary requirements. 

We don’t just provide food, we play our part to educate children and raise awareness about nutrition, food and where it comes from, so that they can make informed and mindful choices. Feeding our future. Please see more at www.aspens-services.co.uk

Primary pupil with Cucumber Schools are the ideal place for children to start their food adventures so it’s the best time to encourage healthy food habits.

We make sure that our Food Festival menus are packed with comfort dishes and, at the same time, we help pupils to take their first steps with new tastes to explore. We make the most of fruit and vegetables that are in season, because that’s when they taste best and are the most planet friendly too.


Food Festival Menu

The menu rotates on a three-week basis and refreshes for Autumn/Winter and Spring/Summer seasons.

Here’s the current menu:

Click here to view the current menu


Free School Meals

All children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are currently entitled to receive UNIVERSAL FREE SCHOOL MEALS! We think it’s a fantastic idea so please make sure that you support this initiative. Not only will you be saving money but you will also be giving your child a nutritionally balanced meal to fuel their bodies for the rest of the learning day.

Please note that this is not to be confused with FREE SCHOOL MEALS that you may be entitled to for children in any year.

If you think you may be entitled to free school meals you should make an application to the local education authority: 

> Free School Meals Information Hub
> Free School Meals Application Form


Lunchtimes

The Infant and Junior children break for lunch between 12.00 noon and 1.00pm. The children eat together in the Dining Room and School Hall and the children are looked after and supported by an experienced team of Midday Supervisors.

Your child may have a school lunch, prepared on the premises, or a packed lunch. If you choose to send your child with a packed lunch please note that it should be as equally healthy and nutritious as school dinners. We do not allow crisps, chocolate, sweets, nuts or any food with added sugar (choose sugar-free yoghurts, jelly and dried fruit). Water is freely available to all at lunchtimes, no other drinks are permitted. There are excellent lunchbox suggestions available at www.nhs.uk/change4life/recipes/healthier-lunchboxes

Your child should be able to open/unwrap the food by themselves. For safety reasons we do not allow food in glass containers, nor do we allow peanuts or sweets to be brought to school. As our storage space is limited we request that lunch boxes are kept as small as possible, and are clearly marked with your child’s name. Any spoons needed must be brought from home. Your child also needs a drink (not fizzy) if they bring a packed lunch, as drinks are not provided in school for children who have packed lunches.


Lunch Money

School lunches for junior children (currently £2.30 per day) are paid for weekly, in advance, on Monday mornings. Money coming into school should arrive on Monday mornings (or the first day back at school following a holiday) as this is the day when banking procedures are carried out.

Please pay in online or via the app using ParentPay – www.parentpay.com

The school office can provide log in details should you have forgotten your credentials.


Special Diets

Special diets are an integral part of our catering provision, whether as a result of an ethical or religious belief or a food intolerance or allergy. To register this as a requirement please complete and return the special diets form to the school as soon as possible.


Fruit and School Milk

Children may bring a piece of fruit to eat at playtime. (May we request that oranges are peeled at home and sent to school wrapped in cling film.) However children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are provided with a piece of fruit through the National Fruit and Vegetable Scheme. The children are provided with a drinks flask to ensure that they have regular drinks throughout the day.

Register your child for school milk on the following link www.coolmilk.com

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Joining our team

It takes some pretty special people to make sure that we give our schoolchildren and young adults great food every day. We are keen to add to our teams with talented people and so if you are looking for an opportunity to challenge yourself and learn new skills, let us know.

To find out more, please visit our website.

Making great school food memories!

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