School meals are made daily, by our own catering team in our own kitchens. We are keen that all children should have a hot school meal and therefore work hard to ensure they are tasty and appeal to our pupils as well as being healthy. We are very proud of the quality of our school meals, pupils tell us they enjoy the dining experience with us as the food is delicious and pupils get to sit with their friends and teachers. Menus are available in advance from school, please see the menu on this website, to enable both children and parents to see what is on offer and make appropriate choices. There is an excellent selection of Vegetarian and Meat meals, fresh fruit and vegetables are also always available. The School Council regularly meets with the Cook to discuss menus and help inform decisions about the foods pupils enjoy. All meals meet the national nutrition regulations for schools. In addition all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are automatically entitled to a Free School Meal. In years 3-6 (KS2) some pupils will continue to qualify for a Free School Meal, however even if your child does not qualify meals are very economically priced and represent excellent value for money. The majority of pupils continue with a school meal into KS2, now that we freshly make all meals on site, we are keen to increase this to 100% take up. If your child has a food allergy please do come and talk to us as we would like, wherever possible, to accommodate this and enable your child to access our delicious school meals.
How do I pay for school meals?
School meals are now ordered and paid for online. Please go to the Parent-Pay website - link below.
How do I apply for Free School Meals?
All children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are entitled to a Free School Meal, you will still need to go online to order it, but you will not be required to make any form of payment. When your child moves into Y3 we will contact you to see if your child is entitled to continue to receive a Free School Meal, if not your child will transfer to our payment system, where you will be required to make an online payment when you order.
We encourage all children to have a hot school meal every day as it is a healthy option. We find that even the fussiest eaters will eat a school meal when sitting in the Ark amongst friends and teachers. However if you would like to provide a packed lunch for your child please ensure it is brought into school in a named lunch box. We are a NUT FREE school as we have several children who suffer from severe nut allergies. This means that we do not allow anyone to bring products containing nuts into school, this includes peanut butter, Nutella and many cereal bars. Castle Hill is a healthy school and packed lunches should not contain sweets, chocolates, crisps, sweet or fizzy drinks. We provide unlimited access to water during lunchtimes, if drinks are brought in from home they should be in a resealable container.