Food at Floreat
As a Health Promoting School, Floreat Montague Park is committed to encouraging and developing positive attitudes towards food and a healthy diet.
In accordance with the Every Child Matters agenda 2004, and to support the 5 outcomes for children, promoting a healthy lifestyle is integral to our curriculum and we recognise the importance of offering children the opportunity to make informed choices about what, when, where and why they eat. As a school we know that food is fundamental to the quality of a child’s life, not just in providing essential nutrition but in communicating and sharing positive values, attitudes and experiences with each other. We believe that adults (staff, parents and carers) should be good role models and should support the children in understanding how balanced nutrition contributes to a person’s health, happiness and general well-being.
Our aims and objectives are:
- To improve the health of pupils, staff and the whole school community by helping to influence eating habits through increasing knowledge and awareness of food issues including what constitutes a healthy diet.
- To ensure pupils are well nourished at school and that every pupil has access to safe, tasty and nutritious food and a safe, easily available water supply during the school day.
- To ensure that food provision in the school acknowledges the ethical and medical requirements of staff and pupils e.g. religious, vegetarian, medical and allergenic needs.
- To introduce and promote practices within the school to reinforce these aims and to remove or discourage practices that negate them.
School meals at Floreat Montague Park are provided Chartwells, an independent catering company. Chartwells specialise in education catering, providing meals to schools across the UK, promoting a healthy lifestyle and providing tasty meals that children enjoy.
All meals are freshly prepared daily by a dedicated team on site using fresh ingredients. All menus meet and exceed all national nutritional standards. There is a wide selection of choice, to suit everybody’s taste. The menu operates on a 3 weekly cycle. You can choose from the options on a daily basis. Some children choose to have a school meal each day and others just a couple of times a week. We are pleased to be able to offer this flexibility, as we understand the varying needs and requirements of parents and carers
Our school meals can be ordered and paid for through ParentMail.
Pupils’ lunch boxes should offer balanced nutrition. Across a week parents are encouraged to offer a variety of healthy foods in accordance with Public Health England Lunch box guidance for schools and the Public Health England guide for parents: Are You Packing a Healthy Lunch. The Guidance recommends a balanced selection of foods which should be available to the children in their lunch box.
The school community is aware of the possibility of food allergies within the school population, particularly nut allergies. Pupils are taught not to share packed lunches and parents are reminded about the need to avoid sending in packed lunches containing nuts as we are a NUT FREE SCHOOL.