Healthy Eating at St. James’
St. James’ School is committed to healthy eating. The Every Child Matters Agenda is at the heart of all our work and encouraging children to be healthy is an essential part of our ethos.
Throughout the school we aim to:
- Ensure that we are giving consistent messages about food and health.
- Give our pupils the information they need to make healthy choices.
- Promote health awareness.
- Contribute to the healthy physical development of all members of our school community.
- Encourage all children to eat healthily.
- Offer Healthy food and drink options at all occasions.
We do this through breakfast club, healthy family breakfasts, healthy snacks, school meals, water in the classrooms and healthy options at all school events. Food education is also an important part of our curriculum in all year groups.
Pupils in Key Stage 1 and Foundation Stage receive government funded ‘free’ healthy snack options in school daily. Pupils in Key Stage 2 should bring in a healthy snack for break time e.g. fruit, vegetable, raisins, breadsticks or crackers. Chocolate, nuts and crisps are not permitted.
School meals are very popular and we continue to offer a wide variety of meal options on a daily basis. Earlier in the year the whole school was surveyed by our School Council and together with our Kitchen Staff they created exciting new menus. We hope these inspire your child to have a school meal.
- A school meal costs £2.20 per day, money for school lunches ordered must be provided in advance on the Monday of each week.
- Breakfast Club sessions cost £2.50 per day, money for sessions must be paid or on a Friday in advance of the following week.
- All monies should be placed in an envelope, with your child’s name, class, date, the amount paid for either school dinners and/or Breakfast Club.
The kitchen can accommodate special diet or food allergies. If this applies to your child then please download and complete the form below:
We operate a healthy packed lunch policy and are pleased that pupil lunch boxes conform to this policy. Please help us to keep your children healthy by ensuring you follow our guidance.
A healthy packed lunch could 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, hummous, or 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.
- Meat products such as sausage rolls, individual pies, corned meat and sausages / chipolatas – occasionally.
- A cake or biscuit – occasionally as part of a healthy balanced lunchbox.
Crisps, chocolate bars, chocolate-coated biscuits and sweets are not permitted and pupils are not allowed to swap food items.
We hope you find this information useful. Should you wish to seek further information or read any of the policies referred to on this page please contact the school office.