Provision of hot lunches.
After many requests from parents and much research, we are delighted to be able to tell you that from September 2018, we are introducing compulsory hot lunches for every pupil in the school. After lots of research, meetings and tasting of different options we have now chosen a new company, The Pantry. The Pantry provides other schools and large companies with lunches and food for events that they may hold. All of their fruit and vegetables are organic, and the meat is Red Tractor meat, which guarantees high levels of animal welfare. Each meal is freshly prepared every day. The Pantry sends all their menus to the DfE to ensure there is a balanced nutritional content to each meal across the week.
The Pantry will deliver individually portioned warm lunches to Westbury House each morning. Children will eat with proper knives, forks and spoons, not disposable cutlery. Each meal will have a sticker on it giving the child’s name, any allergies/dietary requirements and what the chosen meal is. Parents will be able to choose what their children eat by using an online system. Parents log in, add credit to their account and then choose what their children will be eating for the following week. There will be four different options a day: a meat option, a vegetarian option, a
jacket potato option and a halal option. Menus are on a three-week rotation and will be visible within the parent area. Please see sample menu attached.
For days that children are out of school on a trip, packed lunches will be provided by The Pantry. Again, parents choose sandwich fillings and any dietary/allergy requirements will be met.
The Pantry will be holding an information evening during the summer term where parents can ask questions and set up their online accounts. We will let parents know the date of this as soon as we have it.
Because this is an external catering agency, it is not possible to add the cost of meals to the school fees. Parents pay the company direct. You will be able to top up your child’s account on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. However, you will not be able to order food if you do not have enough credit on your account.
If you know that your child is going to be absent from school a week in advance, you can receive a credit for meals that they will miss. However, it is important that you enter this data onto the system. If you don’t, meals will be delivered and wasted. The process for doing this will be made clear at the presentation by The Pantry in the summer term. If you notify the Pantry too late, they will already have bought food and you will need to bear the cost of the missed meal.
The school will notify The Pantry of term dates and dates when children will need packed lunches.
You will still need to provide a mid-morning fruit snack for your children. Children should also bring their water bottles to school – they are able to top these up during the day.
The cost of these meals is £3 per day.