School Meals & Healthy Eating
Meet the Aspens Team
We are always in the mood for good food!
We are Aspens Services, a market-leading education catering company specialising in school food.
We only work in the education sector so we know what our customers want. Mixing this knowledge with an understanding of what’s hot in the food world sparks creativity and excitement in our chefs. Our kitchens provide delicious home cooked school meals each day and cater for individual dietary requirements.
We don’t just provide food, we play our part to educate children and raise awareness about nutrition, food and where it comes from, so that they can make informed and mindful choices. Feeding our future.
We make sure that our Food Festival lunch menus are packed with comfort dishes and, at the same time, we help pupils to take their first steps with new tastes to explore. We make the most of fruit and vegetables that are in season, because that’s when they taste best and are the most planet friendly too.
Free School Meals
All children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are currently entitled to receive UNIVERSAL FREE SCHOOL MEALS! We think it’s a fantastic idea so please make sure that you support this initiative. Not only will you be saving money but you will also be giving your child a nutritionally balanced meal to fuel their bodies for the rest of the learning day.
Please note that this is not to be confused with FREE SCHOOL MEALS that you may be entitled to for children in any year. Please request the relevant form from the school office or look at this website: https://www.gov.uk/apply-free-school-meals
Food Festival Menu
The school menu rotates on a three-week basis and refreshes for Autumn/Winter and Spring/Summer seasons.
Special diets are an integral part of our education catering provision, whether as a result of an ethical or religious belief or a food intolerance or allergy. To register this as a requirement please complete and return the special diets form to the school as soon as possible.
Joining our Team
It takes some pretty special people to make sure that we give our schoolchildren and young adults great food every day. We are keen to add to our teams with talented people and so if you are looking for an opportunity to challenge yourself and learn new skills, let us know.
Please email email@example.com
To find out more, please visit our website to learn more about our school meals.
Making great school food memories!
A school meal is available for all of our pupils and they have a choice of a main or vegetarian hot meal, a jacket potato or a sandwich/baguette.
Pupils in Years Reception, 1 and 2 are entitled to receive a free meal under the Universal Free School Meal scheme, all meals for pupils in Key Stage 2 (Year 3-6) must be paid for in advance.
All meal orders and payments must be made using the Apsens school meal online ordering system for which parents will be issued with a unique code and log-in details when their child starts at the school. A copy of the menu is available on the Aspens website as well as on display in the office foyer.
Provision is made for children who bring packed lunches to school or for those wishing to go home to dinner for religious reasons. Children staying for packed lunch must have a labelled container for their meal and drink. For your information, as Sandfield has a “No Nut Policy” and in line with our healthy eating expectations, packed lunches must not contain nuts (e.g. peanut butter/cereal bars containing nuts), chocolate bar or fizzy drinks. Children need to place their lunchboxes in their class trolley in the hall at the beginning of the school day and collect it from there at the end of the day.
Allergies and Special Diets
If your child requires a special diet for medical or cultural reasons, please ensure that the Special Diet / Allergy form is completed which can be found by clicking here.
Provision of School Meals
Our school meals are provided through Aspens. School meals need to be ordered and paid for by 9:00am each day, online at: https://select.aspens-services.com
Parents will need to register their child and order the meals as and when required. This includes children on Free School Meals and Universal Free School Meals (Years R, 1 and 2) although no payment details will be required for these. Those children that only have a meal on special dinner days (i.e. Christmas) will also need an account set up to enable these meals to be ordered.
Please contact Mrs Mabinda in the school office before completing this form.
Universal Free School Meals
All pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are entitled to a free school meal under the Government Universal Free School Meal scheme. No registration for this scheme is required by parents and children are automatically included in this scheme unless confirmation is received from a parent advising the school that their child will be bringing a packed lunch from home.
Children in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 whose parents believe they may qualify for a Free School Meal as they are in receipt of one or more of the qualifying criteria will need to complete the relevant Free School Meal Eligibility Form. Completion of the form enables the school to check with the Government database for Free School Meal eligibility and also if additional money (Pupil Premium) can be claimed from the Government.
Children in Reception and Years 1 and 2 whose parents who also meet the criteria above should complete the Pupil Premium Application form which enables the school to check if additional money (Pupil Premium) can be claimed from the Government.
Snacks at Sandfield
All pupils are allowed a snack for a mid-morning break. Sandfield understands that snacks can be an important part of the diet of young people and can contribute positively towards a balanced diet. At Sandfield, healthy choices are encouraged at all times.
Key Stage 1 pupils are provided with fruit or vegetables daily at break times, as part of the Government National School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme. They can also bring their own choice of healthy snacks as an alternative.
Key Stage 2 pupils can bring in their choice of a healthy snack which they can eat as part of their morning playtime.
Examples of Healthy Snacks
- Fresh fruit e.g. apples, bananas, small oranges, grapes (must be cut in half)
- Fresh vegetables e.g. carrots, sticks of cucumber, small tomatoes
- Dried fruit e.g. apricots, raisins, mango
Any pre-packed fruit or vegetables that are brought into school must not contain nuts and must not contain any sugar content higher than 20%. Please see the nutritional value on individual packs for this information.
All crisps and cereal bars are not permitted due to the high salt content and/ or possible inclusion of nuts.
Key Stage 1 pupils under the age of 5 are provided with free milk provided through the “Milk to School” Scheme. Parents of children over the age of 5 years can opt to buy into this scheme too.
What if my child doesn’t like fruit or vegetables?
There is only the option of fruit or vegetables, no other form as in bars, drinks or winders are acceptable. It is an opportunity to improve children’s understanding of the value of fruit and vegetables and often children will want it if their peers are enjoying it. If your child does not want it they do not have to have it, it is a choice.
Children are encouraged to drink water throughout the school day, to aid concentration and learning. A school water bottle can be purchased to keep in the classroom and water fountains are available. Children are not allowed to bring in other bottles.
For health and safety reasons, Sandfield is a nut free school. Nuts of any kind are not permitted at tuck time or in lunchboxes.
If you would like your child to have grapes, please ensure that they are sliced in half to avoid choking.
The School uses Cool Milk as the provider of our School Milk Scheme.
Cool Milk supply free milk for under-fives that have subscribed to the scheme and subsidised milk for over-fives. They collect payments directly from parents and retain electronic records for audit purposes and submit all relevant milk claims on the schools behalf.
Milk for under-fives is fully subsidised by the Department of Health under the Nursery Milk Scheme. This scheme enables children under 5 to receive, free of charge, a third-pint (189ml) portion of milk for each day they attend approved day care facilities for 2 hours or more. The key rules of the Nursery Milk Scheme are as follows:
- One free third-pint drink of milk per day for each under-5 child in attendance for two or more hours that day
- The scheme only provides one free drink of milk per child per day, not one in the morning and another in the afternoon.
- Reception Class children in schools are not entitled to free milk once they turn 5.
Milk for over-fives is partially subsidised by the European Union and the Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (Defra). The total subsidy is approximately 3.5p per 189ml portion, depending on the Euro:Sterling exchange rate. The basic principle of the over-five scheme is the same as for the under-five scheme – claims are limited to one portion of milk per child per day.
If you would like your child to have milk at school, please apply at www.coolmilk.com or telephone 0800 142 2972.
The School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme (SFVS)
Helps your child achieve 5 A DAY!
Fruit and vegetables are a good source of the nutrients that children need and form part of a healthy, balanced diet.
It’s recommended that children – like adults – eat at least five portions of fruit and vegetables every day. But research shows that on average children in England eat only about three portions, with many eating fewer.
For handy tips on how to get more fruit and veg into your children’s diet, read 5 A DAY and your family.
The SFVS and your Child
If your child is aged four to six and attends a fully state-funded infant, primary or special school in England, they are entitled to receive a free piece of fruit or vegetable each school day.
That provides one of their 5 A DAY portions, and the scheme also helps to increase awareness of the importance of eating fruit and vegetables, encouraging healthy eating habits that can be carried into later life.
Teachers find that distributing the fruit in class groups helps to encourage a sharing, calm, social time. It also allows them to incorporate the scheme into teaching and learning.
SFVS and the School Day
The fruit and vegetables are delivered to schools three times a week to ensure freshness. Depending on the season, the fruit deliveries include:
- easy-peel citrus fruits, such as satsumas
Some schools also offer strawberries when they are in season. All the fruit and vegetables are washed before they are handed out, which is usually just before the mid-morning break, normally in individual class groups.
If your child has any allergies to a particular fruit or vegetable, please let the office know as soon as possible.