Food in School
Marlborough is very proud of our own in-house School Kitchen. Our school chef, Jess Oughton prepares healthy and exciting menus and runs a friendly kitchen. She works closely with the school helping to oversee our whole Food in School Policy and linking with classes to develop food awareness and skills in curriculum activities. You can keep up with the latest news from the kitchen or pass an eye over this week's menu by visiting the Kitchen section on this website. Jess is available should you wish to catch up with specific needs and you can always contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We believe that helping children to develop healthy lifestyles is a significant part of primary school life. Aspects of healthy eating are taught to children in class topics and their Wonderful Wednesday session; we also hold an after-school cooking club. This was initially supported by a Let’s Get Cooking club which from time to time involves parents and often links with professional providers in the town. Indeed, Marlborough has taken a lead in developing relationships with some of the local chefs and restaurants, children regularly joining in demonstrations to the public at the Oyster Festival or other events.
Through our school meals service we aim to support healthy and happy eating habits. There is a choice of menu each day ensuring that all dietary needs can be met and enabling children to enjoy favourites, try new recipes and taste unfamiliar food.
School meals are provided free of charge to all Infant Children and at a cost of £2.20 for Juniors (or £2 if a full week's meals are ordered on or before Monday each week). If you are in receipt of Income Support, Income Based Job Seekers allowance (not contribution based), Income related Employment and Support Allowance (not contribution based) or Child tax Credit with an annual income of less than £16,190 you qualify for free school meals for your junior child(ren) also. Application forms are available from the office and administered with complete confidentiality. If you can, do apply as other support may be available to you.
It is not just what we eat, that makes for healthy eating habits, but how we eat too. There can be a temptation for children to rush their meal because they are keen to join friends for play. The youngest children are therefore supervised carefully and helped in making their meal selections.
We do try to help children to develop good table manners and the correct use of cutlery, but lunch-time supervisors’ duties are demanding and time limited, and it is of enormous help when parents can encourage good table manners and prepare children for eating socially.
Guests at Lunch-Time
Parents are welcome to join the children for a school meal. Please simply let the school office know at the beginning of the week. The cost of a meal for adults is £3.50.
Juniors Packed lunch
Junior children who do not wish to take a school meal may bring a packed lunch. Please include food you know your child enjoys and check that you send an appropriate quantity (approximately the amount he or she would eat at home). Often children bring far more than they can manage. We send lunch boxes home with all the cartons, wrappings and peel etc to help parents monitor how much their child is eating.
The following list is not mandatory but is included as a guideline of how packed lunches can fit in with our Healthy School’s status:
- a main savoury item
- a piece of fruit and/or vegetable, as part of the ‘five-portions-a-day’ ideal
- no more than one single-serving packet of crisps (preferably not novelty shape varieties)
- fruit-bar or yoghurt (sensible sugar content)
- a (still) fruit drink or water
Please pack a spoon for any yoghurt and a napkin or a piece of kitchen roll. Lunch boxes and drinks containers do need to be robust and clearly marked with your child’s name. They should also include a serviette, paper towel or foil for children to eat at the table.
Because meals are provided free for infant children, the implications this has for the school's resources and our educational aims for healthy lifestyles, we can only allow for juniors bringing in a packed lunch. Any infant child not wishing to take up the offer a free school meal will need to be collected from the school site for the lunch period (12:00-13:00).
The school must be informed of all food allergies. The kitchen can cater for all dietary needs, but we also need to be aware of allergies among children who only eat food from home as this may have an implication for lunch-time seating arrangements and also of course during cooking classes.
Reception class children enjoy a daily social Snack Time when they are offered milk or water to drink and fruit or a healthy alternative to eat. At times we will cook things to eat at snack time, or on occasions celebrate different festivals and cultures with traditional food. In these cases we may lapse briefly from our normal healthy routines!
All infant children are provided with fruit and vegetables for break and juniors can bring in a snack of fruit or veg to help keep up their energy levels.