Mayespark Primary School

Mayespark Primary School

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The School Council would like to remind you that Wednesday has been agreed as ‘Treat Day’ when children are allowed a maximum of two child-sized treats in their packed lunch.  This may be a small bar of chocolate and a packet of crisps.

In addition, our Food in School Policy requests that parents do not include the following items in packed lunches:

  • Any food containing nuts - Mayespark are a nut-free school
  • Fried food
  • Sweets (including Winders), chocolate
  • Crisps or any packeted savoury snacks high in salt and fat
  • Fizzy drinks/sugary drinks
  • Sweet cakes, e.g. sugary cakes, doughnuts

Mayespark School Council would like to remind parents and children that it is important to have a healthy packed lunch each day.

Here are some ideas and tips to help:



Instead of cakes, chocolates and biscuits, try currant buns (without icing), fruit bread, tea cakes and malt loaf

Always include a drink to help your child concentrate. Go for still/sparkling water, semi-skimmed or skimmed milk, or unsweetened fruit juice.

Cook some extra pasta, rice or potatoes with dinner the night before to make into an effortless and tasty salad for lunch the next day.

Freeze a carton of pure juice, milk or yoghurt and place in a mini sandwich bag. It will be defrosted by lunchtime and keep your lunchbox cool in the meantime!

Make easy swaps – for example, if your child likes something sweet, give them raisins or a small can or pot of chopped fruit instead of a chocolate bar. If they prefer savoury foods, ditch the crisps and give them plain popcorn, rice cakes or crunchy carrot sticks instead.

Keep a selection of breads in the freezer for sandwiches. Then you can just take out what you need for one days lunchbox and defrost it on a plate or in the microwave.

  • Using a different type of bread each day can make lunchboxes more interesting. Try granary, wholemeal or whole white bread, pitta, fruit bread, bagels, English muffins, chapatti or wraps.

Don’t forget the dairy – low-fat custard, fromage frais, rice pudding or yoghurt are very popular and good for growing bones!

Provide fruit in small pots which are easy and quick to eat, e.g. chopped canned pineapple, satsuma pieces (peeled), raisins, dried apricots, grapes, peeled and chopped kiwi fruit.

When you are preparing vegetables or salad for dinner, cut up a few extra carrot, cucumber or celery sticks for lunch the next day to reduce the time spent preparing lunch!


The School Council will be carrying out ‘lunch-box looks’ and will award certificates and stickers to children who have healthy packed lunches.

Read our new packed lunch leaflet for more handy tips!