Lunchtime at New Islington Free School

Snacks and School Meals

Ensuring our pupils are well fed and hydrated is crucially important; we want our children to be alert and engaged every moment of the day and we know that a healthy diet is central to this.

Children in our Wraparound care are given healthy, varied and fresh food on arrival in the morning and to ‘keep them going’ until they are picked up at the end of the day.

Children in EYFS and Key Stage One are provided with free fruit. They can access this throughout the day. Children in Years 1 and 2 have free fruit and have this as a mid-morning snack. Our Key Stage 2 pupils can bring a snack in for morning playtime – but this must be something healthy (a piece of fruit, some vegetable sticks, cheese cubes) As part of our curriculum we teach children about the impact of healthy eating and this is reinforced by our expectations of mid-morning snacks. Children should not bring in crisps, chocolate, biscuits, sweets etc.

At lunchtime, children at New Islington have a choice; they can bring a healthy packed lunch, or can have a cooked meal.

Our packed lunch time policy is very simple - we hope and expect children to bring food that is healthy and nutritious.

Our cooked meals are excellent, and we would encourage our pupils to choose this option.

Children in EYFS, Year 1 and Year 2 are all eligible for a free hot school dinner, as part of the Government ‘Universal School Meal’ initiative. A charge comes into effect once children move into KS2.

Our meals are all cooked on site, by an excellent catering team who know all of the children. They use natural and locally sourced ingredients to provide fresh and tasty food. We work with the catering company Taylor Shaw who oversee the kitchen operation. There is always plenty of choice and variety for even the fussiest of eaters!