Lunchtime organisation and menu
School Meals Click here for the Menu
A hot midday meal is provided at school by ISS Caterhouse.
There is always a choice of school meal, which includes a vegetarian and Halal option. Please click here to access more information from ISS regarding Halal. Please inform us if your child has a special dietary requirement.
Meals must be paid for in advance by cash or a cheque made payable to London Borough of Redbridge. For more information on school meals or to register to make payments online see the website http://www.feedinghungryminds.co.uk/ If payment is not received in full your child will not be provided with a school meal. Families who are entitled to free school meals need to apply to Lynton House. When the application form is completed it should be sent to the Educational Services. Our school office can help you apply for free school meals if you require any assistance.
If your child brings a packed lunch please label the lunch box with their name and make sure that drinks are in non-breakable leak-proof containers. Due to several children having severe peanut allergies, we would appreciate it if you did not send food containing nuts in your child’s lunch box. We are an accredited ‘Healthy School’ and as such we encourage children to eat healthily. Please do not send sweets or fizzy drinks in packed lunches and we recommend that chocolate or crisps are only sent once a week on Wednesday. Click here to download our packed lunch leaflet.
As a school that promotes good health and well-being, Mayespark is committed to encouraging and developing positive attitudes towards food and a healthy diet.
Pupils’ lunch boxes should offer balanced nutrition. Across a week parents are encouraged to offer a variety of healthy foods in accordance with the lunchbox guidance leaflet which is available for parents at their admissions meeting and in the school foyer. This guidance recommends a balanced selection of foods which should be available to the children in their lunch box.
Because we recognise that there is no such thing as “bad food”, we teach the children to enjoy treats in moderation. Wednesday is the one day in the week where children can enjoy ‘treats’ as part of their packed lunch. These treats should still be limited to two, relatively healthy and not excessive e.g. a couple of biscuits, a muffin, a scone or a small chocolate bar. On all other days, children’s lunch boxes should contain healthy snacks only such as plain popcorn, raisins, cheese or baked crackers. Sweets, chewing gum and fizzy drinks are not permitted on any day.
The following procedure will be followed if a child has an item of food not in accordance with our healthy eating policy:
- the child will be reminded of our policy
- the child will be asked not to eat the item of food
- a sticker will be put on the item of food saying ‘Your child was not able to eat this item today as treats are only permitted on Wednesday.’
- if a child’s lunch box consists of unhealthy food only, they will either be allowed to eat part of their lunch or they will be offered a school dinner. In either case the child’s parent / carer will be contacted.
- members of staff will monitor packed lunches over a period of time and contact parents where there is a concern
Children must remain on the school premises during the lunchtime break where they are supervised by midday supervisors. Your child will be encouraged to eat as much of their lunch as possible but we never force a child to eat. We will let you know if your child has any issues in eating their lunch.
Going Home for Dinner
Children may, of course, go home at lunchtime. When this happens the school is not responsible for the child, and therefore he or she should not return to school until 5 minutes before the end of lunch.