Academy meals and snacks
Our school meals are provided by Norse and are cooked on site by Dawn Nobbs and her team.
Due to Dawn’s commitment and passion for providing our children with the very best meals they deserve, we have been awarded ‘Flagship Status’ by Norse, with only a handful of schools across Norfolk receiving this award.
Dawn and her team provide excellent quality meals in line with the Government’s nutrient and nutritional values and they can serve up to 300 meals in any one day.
Menus change twice a year so there’s an Autumn/Winter menu which starts in September and a Spring/Summer menu which starts after February half-term. Meals are served on a three week rotation.
Meals for all children up until the end of Year 2 are provided free as part of the Government’s Universal Infant Free School Meals (UIFSM) programme.
Children in these year groups will also be offered a free packed lunch if they out on an educational visit or sporting event over the lunch period.
All meals for children in the Juniors are priced at £2.20 which represents fantastic value for money.
School meals need to be paid for in advance either online via parentmail or in a named envelope to the school office. KS2 children are no longer able to pay at the canteen for their lunch.
As an academy, we have a responsibility to help children learn to eat healthily. Academy provided meals can often be healthier than packed lunches as they include vegetables and fruit, and avoid confectionery and snacks that are often found in packed lunches provided from home.
We have a policy for packed lunches so that we can ensure that all children eat a healthy and nutritious lunch. We understand that while some children already have a fairly healthy packed lunch, for others it will mean making significant changes to what you include in your child’s packed lunch.
The main changes are that crisps, sweets, chocolate bars, cakes and pastries are not recommended in packed lunches.
If you would like to find out more about the school meals provided by Norse please click here to view their website, where you can find information about nutritional values, allergens, special diets, and much, much more – they also have a monthly recipe feature too!
School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme (SFVS)
All children in Reception and KS1 are entitled to receive a free piece of fruit or vegetable each school day as part of the Government’s School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme (SFVS). This is eaten at morning break time.
This provides one of their 5 A DAY portions, and the scheme also helps to increase awareness of the importance of eating fruit and vegetables, encouraging healthy eating habits that can be carried into later life.
Teachers find that distributing the fruit in class groups helps to encourage a sharing, calm, social time. It also encourages the children to try different fruit and vegetables.
The fruit and vegetables are delivered to schools three times a week to ensure freshness. Depending on the season, there is a choice of:
- easy-peel citrus fruits, such as satsumas