At St. Mary of the Angels we are very proud to have our own in-house catering team who provide a healthy and nutritious staff lunch for pupils and staff. Our Head Cook, Renato Vaccari and his team to provide a varied three choice, seasonal menu. We source our fresh meat, fish and produce from a variety of suppliers and our salad bar is very popular all year round.
The uptake of school lunches amongst pupils and staff is extremely high compared to neighbouring schools who are part of the council's school lunch contract which we believe is an indication of the the quality of the food on offer.
Please click on the link below for the the lunch menus for Autumn Term 1 (September to October 2020)
|Lunch Menus Autumn 1 2020.pdf||[pdf 320KB]|
Paying for school lunches
Lunches are charged at £2.20 per day for pupils (£11 per week) and must be paid weekly or termly in advance unless your child is eligible for a free school meal (see more information below). The school is now 'cashless' so all lunch payments must be made online at www.schoolgateway.com To register, you will need to use the email address you have given to the school.
If you have any questions regarding school lunches or encounter problems registering to make payments online, please contact Mrs Conway in the school office by phone or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
For information re eligibility and how to apply for free school meals, please click on the Free School Meals tab in Parental Information.
Packed lunches may be provided by parents/carers for children to eat at lunchtimes. We ask that parents/carers ensure that the food provided is a balanced meal that includes fruit and vegetables. Further guidance on healthy packed lunches can be found below and by clicking here.
We ask that no nuts or products including nuts are included in packed lunches as a number of children in our school suffer from nut allergies. This includes peanut butter. Thank you for your co-operation.
If you wish to move your child from a school lunch to a packed lunch, you must give the school a minimum of one week's notice.
Packed lunches should include:
- at least one portion of fruit and one portion of vegetables every day.
- meat, fish or other source of non-dairy protein (e.g. lentils, kidney beans, chickpeas, hummus, peanut butter and falafel) every day
- oily fish, such as salmon, at least once every three weeks.
- a starchy food such as any type of bread, pasta, rice, couscous, noodles, potatoes or other type of cereals every day.
- dairy food such as milk, cheese, yoghurt, fromage frais or custard everyday
- only water, still or sparkling, fruit juice, semi-skimmed or skimmed milk, yoghurt or milk drinks and smoothies.
Packed lunches should not include:
- snacks such as crisps.
- confectionery such as chocolate bars, chocolate-coated biscuits and sweets. Cakes and biscuits are allowed but encourage your child to eat these only as part of a balanced meal.
Special diets and allergies
Nuts should not be included in packed lunches including peanut butter. The school also recognises that some pupils may require special diets that do not allow for the standards to be met exactly. In this case parents are urged to be responsible in ensuring that packed lunches are as healthy as possible. For these reasons pupils are also not permitted to swap food items.
Parents are discouraged from including the following items.
Alternatives are indicated in the right column
As an alternative please include
Snacks such as crisps
Instead, include vegetables and fruit (with no added sugar, salt or fat).
Savoury crackers or breadsticks served with fruit, vegetables or dairy food are also a good choice, e.g. cheese spread and crackers.
Confectionary, such as chocolate-coated biscuits and cakes.
Cakes and biscuits are allowed but encourage your child to eat these as part of a balanced meal. Healthier alternatives include a small tub of rice pudding, malt loaf, scone or current bun.
Meat products such as sausage rolls, individual pies, corned meat and sausages/chipolatas.
Choose non-processed alternatives such as chicken drumsticks, pasta salad or mixed salad, or ham and pineapple pizza slice.
Chocolate bars and sweets are not allowed to be taken to or consumed at school for packed lunch or snacks.
Ready for service
Parents and carers enjoying a sample menu
Our salad bar