From September 2014 all Key Stage 1 pupils will receive high quality and healthy school meals.
Each pupil will benefit from:
- individual menus created for each school
- food packed with goodness
- fresh, local and award winning ingredients
- traceable supply chains
- vegetarian options available every day
- all menus meeting strict nutritional guidelines.
Many of our schools now provide additional regular halal offerings; speak to your school for more information.
Our team of vegetable superheroes are adding a twist to school dinners, providing fun activities whilst teaching pupils about nutrition and making food fun.
It’s about more than just health benefits though; taste is important to children and only the best will do. By making sure that there is a wide variety of food and flavours available every day – even fussy eaters are happy eaters!
Nutrition & learning
Each menu has been designed to strict Government guidelines which are developed specifically to meet the needs of young children.
As part of school meal time, Nottingham City Council encourages children to learn during their lunchtime by socialising with friends, experiencing different foods and understanding about healthy eating.
Tailored to your child’s taste
Menus are tailored individually for schools based on the tastes and preferences of pupils at each school. To cater for younger children, many dishes are served with separate sauces and accompaniments to provide a wider choice for pupils so they can try new foods or stick to their favourites if they prefer.
By providing dishes that suit every child’s likes and requirements, everyone can join in with the activities and fun! Through school meals, pupils can take part in competitions, giveaways, prize draws and theme days.
We work closely with our suppliers to obtain the freshest, highest quality ingredients.
It is essential that we know where every ingredient comes from.
Here are some examples:
- our beef is reared in Derbyshire
- we use venison from Thoresby Park
- all of our turkey comes from Louth in Lincolnshire
- our sausages and chicken are from Maloney’s in Tuxford.
And there’s more! Local suppliers have created a special and unique spice blend just for our pupils meaning that all of our curry dishes are authentic and can be adapted to suit pupils’ tastes.
- Our vegetables are fresh and seasonal
- We only use Marine Steward Council (MSC) accredited fish which means that all fish and fish products are sourced from sustainable stocks
Something for everyone
In addition to the wide variety of choices available every day, all menus can be adapted to meet individual medical dietary requirements of certain pupils.
- Soya milk and spread is available as an alternative option to meet dietary requirements
Look out for more tasty new menus from January!
Check out www.myschoollunch.co.uk/nottingham for our theme days, making food fun!
Nottingham City Council provides a school meals catering service to over 65 schools across the city. Nottingham City Council develops a general menu which is then adapted to meet the requirements of each individual school.
Every day, each school offers a meat and vegetarian option. Some schools also offer an additional halal option as a main course to meet the requirements of some pupils. In schools where a halal option is provided, this is an addition to the existing meat or fish and vegetarian choices.
The meat and fish options provided as part of the daily menu do not contain halal products.
The halal dishes served by Nottingham City Council use only ingredients that meet the UK halal standard Halal Food Authority which is in line with the Welfare of Animals Regulations 1995.
Raj Foods are the approved supplier to Nottingham City Council for all halal dishes; Raj Foods prepare all halal meats for Nottingham City Council in a designated halal production facility.
Halal dishes are then delivered independently to any other food orders and are stored and served in separate heat compartments using a strict colour coded system. All serving staff who work with halal products are fully trained in this areas.
A statement from Raj Foods
“Raj Foods is committed to serving meals of the highest quality. Recognising our customers have extensive knowledge and understanding of the food they eat, authenticity is at the forefront of all production. Raj Foods only use ingredients from reputable suppliers within the United Kingdom.
Certified chefs are employed to oversee each and every type of meal preparation so as to comply with the vision and high standards Raj Foods uphold and to meet customer’s needs.
All employees are thoroughly trained to comply with set specification and achieve high quality standards. The quality and processing procedures are regularly audited and reviewed to ensure compliance of Raj Foods key objectives of continuous improvement, of quality and customer service.”
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What we’ve been up to…
The muggy weather on Wednesday morning didn’t alter any spirits at the latest pupils v teachers football game at Middleton Primary School. As the players took to their positions on the pitch, pupils lined up at the sides eager to cheer on their peers, or for some , their favourite teachers. The adults were sure to face stiff competition but they never expected such a skillful display from the children.The final score doesn’t need any comment: 3 – 1.Following this crushing defeat to the Year 6/5 squad , the teachers have decided to be back with a vengeance next year.
We took our Hockey Club members to watch England vs Belgium in the Six Nations Tournament this week! We had fun cheering on our country and the children picked up some great skills and techniques that they later practised in Hockey Club!