In September 2014, significant changes were introduced to school food: cooking is back on the curriculum, every pupil in reception, year 1 and 2 is now eligible for free school meals and from January, new food standards are being introduced. These are three of the 16 actions in the School Food Plan, which aims to transform what children eat in schools and how they learn about food (see www.schoolfoodplan.com).
Good food and good food culture has been shown to lead not only to healthier, happier and more fulfilled children, but to improved educational attainment. Evidence from those areas that already provide universal free school meals is that children eat more healthily and perform better academically. Schools in those areas have also reported improved behaviour and atmosphere as a result of all pupils eating together every day.
New to school meals?
If you’re new to school meals and would like to find out about the food on offer at your child’s school, type the name of the school into our search bar. This will give you the option to view the current menu. Here you can see the dishes available daily, plus extras such as access to our salad bars.
What about free school meals for older children?
Children in Year 3 and above may also be entitled to free school meals if your family is in receipt of certain benefits. If you would like more details, please contact your school.
How do I register?
To register your child/children for free school meals, please contact your school or take a look on your council website. Search for your council by entering your post code on the government’s website here
For more information on the government’s vision for school meals, watch the School Food Plan video below or visit the School Food Plan website!