Children in Reception Class and Key Stage 1 are provided daily with fruit to eat during their morning breaktime. Key Stage 2 pupils are also welcome to bring in fruit from home for a snack.
Children in receipt of Free School Meals also receive a daily carton of milk. Any parent/carer of a child not in receipt of Free School Meals may also purchase a carton of milk via our ‘Cool Milk’ provider.
All children stay at school for the duration of the lunch period and they all enjoy the delicious meals cooked on site in our kitchens by our catering partner, Bartlett Mitchell.
We have a kitchen on site in which fresh nutritional meals are produced. We aim to provide not only good healthy meals but also a positive food culture which includes having a whole school food policy, food education, cooking in school, growing food, ‘grow, cook and eat’, a welcoming dining environment, access to palatable drinking water and positive adult role models.
John Betts is a nut-free school; however, all allergies can be catered for with prior consultation with the chef.
In line with Government legislation children in Reception Class and Key Stage One receive a free school lunch via the Universal Free School Meals scheme. All school meals are subsidised by the LA. Lunches are paid for in advance, on a termly or half-termly basis, although it is possible to pay weekly through arrangement with the school office. All payments for lunches are made online via the School Gateway payment system. Details of this can be found in the letter below.
There is a choice for each course and there is always a vegetarian option. Our salad, homemade bread and fresh fruit bars are always very popular. The menu changes each term and these are sent home for parents to see. Themed days and special promotions are held to encourage children to eat a wider variety of foods and also help them to understand why eating well is essential to their general health and well-being.
We are very proud of our lunchtime service, where children eat together in the hall, with the youngest children eating first. This is part of their mid-day break, with the rest of it spent in the playground or attending lunchtime clubs. The children are supervised by mid-day meals staff. This is an important time for children to develop their social skills.