Why children need to eat well
- What children eat today shapes how they’ll eat for the rest of their lives
- Too many children aren’t getting enough of the right foods to eat – and too little of the foods that help keep them healthy
- When children eat better, they do better – they’re in better shape to reach their full potential
- Being able to cook is an essential life skill: it all starts with getting children excited about food
- Eating good food is one of life’s real pleasures: every child should know how it feels to enjoy a tasty meal with people you love
Children can’t concentrate if they haven’t eaten a good breakfast before school. That’s why we run a free Breakfast Club from 7:45am to 8:30am. We offer students low-sugar cereals, fruit, toast and crumpets, plus a choice of hot and cold drinks.
- Water is available for all students throughout the day for free from drinking fountains located on each floor of the school.
- Juices, bottled water, and hot drinks are available from the school restaurant.
- High-sugar and energy drinks are banned.
School meals are a great way for children to improve their eating habits and to learn about the social side of eating with their friends. Our school meals are tasty, healthy and meet children’s nutritional needs as set forth in the National School Food Standards.
Research shows that the average school lunch is healthier than around 9 out of every 10 packed lunches. That’s because good nutrition is all about eating lots of different foods. It takes planning and effort to do this with a packed lunch, but it’s far easier with a hot meal.
Fussy eaters often thrive on school meals – parents tell us their children have tried all sorts of foods in school that they refuse at home.
- High-quality meat, poultry or oily fish
- Fruit and vegetables
- Bread, other cereals and potatoes
We DON’T provide:
- Drinks with added sugar, crisps, chocolate or sweets in school meals and vending machines
- More than 2 portions of deep-fried, battered or breaded food a week
You can read more about school food standards on the School Food Plan website.
Paying for school meals
We have a cashless catering system. Students top up their accounts by putting coins and notes into machines in school, and then they swipe their ID/dinner card to pay for their food at the till. This means you can keep tabs on what they’re spending and your child won’t have to carry money around school.
Free School Meals
Your child may qualify to have school meals for free. It could save you more than £350 a year and you won’t need to worry about making packed lunches every day.
Your child may qualify if you’re entitled to receive one or more of the following:
- Income Support
- Income Based Jobseekers Allowance
- An income-related employment and support allowance
- Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit, provided you are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by HM Revenue & Customs) that does not exceed £16,190
- If you’re receiving Working Tax Credit for four weeks after your employment has finished, your child is still entitled to free school meals during that period. This also applies if you start working fewer than 16 hours per week
- Children who receive Income Support or income-based Job Seeker’s Allowance in their own right qualify as well
- Children of asylum seekers or unaccompanied asylum seeking children are also entitled for free school meals
How to Apply
If you wish to apply for free school meals, please use form linked below.
This form is only to be completed by None Householders i.e., you are not the tenant or home owner but live with someone who is.
If you need help filling in this form or would like information about making a claim, you can telephone for advice and information on 0845 070 1066. You can also call in at customer services at either Blackburn or Darwen town hall.
Cooking with children
Cooking is an essential life skill - teach them young and they’ll love it for life. More importantly, by knowing how to cook good food for themselves, you’re setting up your kids to eat well once they leave home. Children of different ages can do different tasks in the kitchen, with different levels of supervision.
Eat out with children
Eating out is a treat, here’s what we look for in a great children’s menu:
- Smaller portions of the adult menu for children
- A decent portion of vegetables or salad with (or within) every main meal
- A portion of fruit with (or within) desserts
- Healthier drinks in children’s meal deals – water, milk and fruit juice in child-friendly portion sizes
- Children getting to choose things for themselves – putting their own mix and match salad together, or which vegetables they want in their pasta sauce.