Eating a healthy meal improves behaviour, concentration and the ability to achieve, which is why it is especially important that children eat a healthy meal at school.
Our Catering Vision
- All food served during school hours will promote healthy eating
- School meals will champion fresh, local, seasonable produce
- Catering and teaching staff will collaborate on food education to improve the diets of our students
- Everyone involved in school food provision will understand the need for inspiring menus which take into account nutrition, health and environmental impacts
- Feedback from our students will be sought to improve catering provision and food education
- All staff involved in school food provision and food education will have the opportunity to undertake training in food, health, and the environment.
- Promotion of current food trends, ‘fun to eat’ menus and variety of dishes from around the world.
Our School Food Plan
This plan has been written to provide a framework for Rossett School to develop and maintain a shared philosophy on all aspects of food and drink within the school. Its key aim is to establish and extend healthy eating and drinking behaviours in school that will benefit all involved with school life.
This will include students, staff, parents, the catering team and others within the wider community.
To ensure that all members of the school are aware of what constitutes a ‘healthy, balanced diet’ and how this influences a student’s ability to learn and attain high standards of achievement and behaviour in school.
- Through effective leadership, school ethos and curriculum, encourage all in our community to support a healthy lifestyle
- To provide students with access to safe, interesting, tasty and nutritious food on a daily basis
- To provide a variety of healthy option choices for food available in school
- To provide an easily accessible water supply during the school day
- To ensure that all stakeholders are able to make informed choices about the food they eat
- To ensure that food provision in school reflects the medical (including allergenic) and ethical needs of staff, students and visitors to the school.
- To provide a welcoming eating environment that encourages positive interaction between students and adults in the school
- To encourage students to share the experience of eating food together and enjoy the social aspect of sharing food
- To encourage students to gain a closer understanding of different food varieties, seasonal foods, preparation and production methods
- To provide training in food preparation for staff, including diet, nutrition and food safety
- Regularly take feedback as to development of the whole school Food Plan.
Our Food Environment
The dining area is the designated area for food. The environment is attractive, bright, spacious and clean. The school will aim to ensure this is a calm, ordered environment conducive to mutual respect and good behaviour at all times.
- Provide help for students who find the physical process of school dinners and packed lunches difficult
- Encourage all students to eat the food provided
- Provide equal treatment of students having school meals and packed lunches, in terms of provision and supervision
- Provide water through water fountains – students are required to provide their own water bottles
Externally provided take-away food must not be consumed on the school site
Soft drinks will not be served on the school site unless they conform to school food guidelines.
Students will be allowed access to the dining room areas during the following times:
8.00 am – 8.30 am – Breakfast
11.10 am – 11.25 am – Mid-morning break
12.25-13.05 and 13.25pm – 14.05 pm – split lunch sessions
15.10 – 15.30 – After School Grab and Go
Sixth Form students have a designated area where snacks and drinks will be available all day
- A variety of items such as toast, bagels, fruit slice, cereals and hot and cold drinks will be
- Students can bring their own snacks
- Fruit drinks, water, hot drinks will be available
- Hot or cold snacks will be available as well as sandwiches and fruit
- All students will be provided with a choice of menu that forms the basis for healthy eating.
- We will use fresh local produce wherever possible
- All meals will be prepared and cooked on site
- Food will be attractive and appetising and there will be sufficient choice throughout the lunch hour.
- Students will be offered carbohydrates, proteins, vegetables & fruit
- Chips will only feature on the menu once a week
- A variety of healthy food cooked in different ways will be available every day
- Fresh fruit and vegetables will be served daily
- Healthier option sandwiches will be offered and a variety of breads will be provided
- Bottled water and fruit drinks will be offered
- All menus will have salt, sugar and fat levels compliant with school standards
- All our meals meet the government’s Minimum Nutritional Guidelines.
We aim to follow the latest school food standards:
- One or more portions of vegetables or salad as an accompaniment every day
- At least three different fruits and three different vegetables each week
- An emphasis on wholegrain foods in place of refined carbohydrates
- An emphasis on making water the drink of choice
- Limiting fruit juice portions to quarter pints (150ml)
- Restricting the amount of added sugars or honey in other drinks to 5%
- No more than two portions a week of food that has been deep-fried, batter-coated or breadcrumb-coated
- No more than two portions of food that include pastry each week
- A portion of milk (including fat reduced or soya as requested) will be made available each day
We will use only free range eggs, while our meat is farm assured (meaning it is sourced from farms with high standards of animal welfare) and fish responsibly caught from sustainable sources.
We are aware that many lunch boxes contain foods that do not fulfil dietary guidelines. We shall encourage parents to provide healthy lunches by use of our website, newsletters and information through the curriculum.
After School Grab and Go
For convenience and security the school provides students the possibility of purchasing food after school which includes a limited amount of confectionery items alongside healthy choices. Parents can request the school not to extend this facility to their child by contacting the Finance Office.
Food in the Curriculum
Food represents many things – health, energy, livelihood, communal activity, pleasure, religious observance and traditions. Its significance means its importance can be developed in the curriculum.
Schemes of work from various curriculum areas will enrich students’ understanding of the importance of healthy eating and reflect the school’s emphasis on and belief in healthy eating. Curriculum content will cover:
- The importance of food groups and the role they play in promoting growth and
- What constitutes a healthy diet?
- An understanding of cultural diversity and food
- The development of respect and understanding towards the beliefs, attitudes, celebrations
of others and the role food plays
- How food is produced
- Extra-curricular activities will include food workshops and producer visits
The School Plan will be disseminated as appropriate in the following ways:
- School website
- Student Council
- Staff meetings
- Governor meetings
Monitoring and Evaluation
This Plan will be reviewed on an annual basis with the Student Council.
Approved by Governors: April 2015
Reviewed: October 2017
Next Review: October 2018