SCHOOL DINNERS

Our school dinners are provided by Caterlink Ltd who cook all of the children’s meals on site in our kitchens. They have a wide range of different meals for the children to taste and try each term along with providing jacket potatoes, salad, fruit and yogurt.

All children who are in Years Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are entitled to a Universal Free School Meal – please inform the teacher whether your child will be having a hot dinner each day.

Children in Nursery are required to pay £2.15 and Years 3 to 6 £2.25 per meal per day unless they are entitled to Free School Meals.

If you think you maybe entitled to Free School Meals, please contact the school office to collect the relevant paperwork.

More information about Caterlink Ltd and this terms menu can be found via this link.

Below is an extract taken from Caterlink website;

With different nationalities attending our schools we will ensure meals appeal to a wide range of ethnic backgrounds and tastes. We are aware that some of the pupils have special diet needs such as vegetarian or religious dietary requirements. Some pupils have special needs and some emotional and behavioural problems which the team will be advised of.

Our primary objective for catering within Bedford is to provide pupils, staff and visitors with a choice of homemade, nutritious and well balanced meals. Menus will reflect the requirements and tastes of pupils and staff and will be continually monitored to ensure the menu choices encourage the highest levels of uptake.

A three week menu cycle will be changed seasonally, our Development Chef consults with your schools and Borough Council.

We will ensure red meat is available at least twice a week and fish at least once a week which will include an oily fish. Vegetarian protein options will include beans and pulses an there will always be a choice of two bread/cereals or potato choices. Wherever possible sauces and dressings are made with low fat ingredients and cooking oil and salt is used to a minimum. Alternative low fat fillings will be available for sandwiches and jacket potatoes and low fat yoghurt and desserts are and skimmed milk for cereals.

Freshly cut fruit and low fat fruit yoghurt will be available everyday as an alternative to the daily homemade dessert, a treat once in a while such as ice cream on a Friday helps to add a bit of fun into school meals for pupils. Although a bowl of cherries or strawberries arranged nicely can sometimes appeal more to the younger children as a treat and we will always offer this as an alternative.