As you may be aware, from January 2015, the Government has introduced New Food Standards for school food, underpinned in legislation by The Requirements for School Food Regulations 2014.
The new standards were developed by the School Food Plan Standards Expert Panel and advised by The Children’s Food Trust’s (CFT) nutrition team.
In order to ensure that our menus comply with the new standards, we have developed them in conjunction with the nutritionists at the CFT via their menu checking service. The CFT have nutritionally analysed not only our new menus, but also the recipes we use, our cooking methods and the food we purchase. We are the first council in the country to follow this process for our primary school menus.
To reflect this work, our menus will now carry the CFT menu checked logo. Our menus are now meeting legal requirements and reflect best practice in terms of food provision and the menu checked logo gives you the confidence that the food we serve provides the energy and nutrients that children need to do well at school.
Our menus have been developed not only to meet the new standards but also to give pupils a choice of their favourite meals. We have also introduced some new menu choices, particularly our vegetarian offering, which we hope will appeal to all pupils.
On the advice of the CFT nutritionists, we will be providing a choice of jacket potatoes on 2 days per week and sandwiches on 3 days per week.
We will be offering a choice of 3 drinks each day - water, milk and fresh fruit juice.
Whenever we introduce new menus, there may be some teething problems as pupils adjust to the changes. I would ask for your co-operation during any period of adjustment, as in order for our children to reap the full nutritional benefits of our menus, it is important that the full choice is offered.