At Brackenbury we believe that the best option for children at lunchtimes is to have the hot school dinner, provided through our partnership with Radish catering. Our hot meal menu can be viewed here:
All of the food served at Brackenbury meets the Silver Food for Life Standard.Silver Food for Life Standard.
Most children at Brackenbury choose to have the school meal children are able to choose from a wide selection of meals including vegetarian, Halal and non-Halal. Children will allergies can be catered for once a special diet form has been completed by their parent/carer.special diet form
Universal Free School Meals - Reception, Year 1 and Year 2
All children in Reception, Y1 and Y2 are entitled to a government-funded school meal.
School Meals Charges for Year 3 to 6
For children in Y3, Y4, Y5 and Y6 the price of a meal is just £2.40. School dinners must be paid for in advance preferably by half term although you can pay weekly in advance.
Ways to Pay
Payment is through School Gateway. Just register using the same email address and mobile number that you have provided to the school. You can then pay online by debit or credit card or by bank transfer. For easy access there is a School Gateway app for both Android and iPhone. For help using School Gateway please download the help guide below.Parents Guide to School Gateway
Free School Meals and additional funding
If you are in receipt of certain benefits you may be eligible for Free School Meals and you could save hundreds of pounds a year. The school also benefits, as we could receive up to £1345 per year from the government for each child registered, which can be used for books, equipment or additional staff.
Use the below website to check if you are eligibleFree School Meals eligibility checker
Any parent can check. Parents with children in Nursery, Reception, Y1 and Y2 and any parent whose child has a packed lunch, so don’t pay for lunches, may also use the checker and the school could still receive the additional funding.
To apply please complete the form on your local authority’s website. For LBHF residents please click here
You must inform the school office once it has been confirmed that you are eligible for Free School Meals otherwise you will be charged for the meal and the school will not receive the additional funding for teaching and learning.
Our School’s Caterers – Radish
Here at Radish, we believe that food is a great way to bring everyone together. We want to share our love of good, real food so we actively engage with all children at the school through our interactive workshops, healthy eating assemblies and, of course, serving them a delicious and nutritious lunch every day.
We always meet the Government food-based standard for our school lunches: as a minimum, every day we provide the children with two hot choices, at least one vegetarian option, homemade dessert, freshly baked bread, salad bar, yoghurt and fresh fruit.
All of our meals are freshly prepared on-site by our talented chefs to ensure there are no undesirable additives. We pack many of our dishes full of hidden veggies so that the children increase their intake without even realising. Our Nutritionist, Sarah, works on every menu we create for the school which is rotated every term to include the best local fruit and vegetables that are in season. See this term’s menu here.
Our exceptional food, service and ethical approach have been recognised within the catering industry and beyond, including Food for Life, Red Tractor Farm Assured Food Standards Scheme, Marine Stewardship Council, Free Range Eggs and British Meat Processors Association.
We want the pupils to understand nutrition and where food comes from whilst experimenting with their own creations – so we introduce them to our popular Herby and Big Chef Little Chef concepts, giving them fun activities and friendly characters to learn from. See what we have been up to recently at the school by clicking here.
We love to meet with parents, guardians and carers of the school so we run evening presentations and taster sessions which are a great way for you to find out what we are all about. For more information about our presentations and taster sessions, please contact your school.
Discover more about Radish – visit their websiteRadish Website
Packed Lunches are allowed as well, with the following provisions:
- drinks are not brought in glass containers for safety reasons
- no fizzy drinks.
- no confectionery items are allowed
- no items containing nuts as other children within the school are allergic to contact with nuts.
Break Time Snacks
Children in reception and Year 1 and Year 2 are provided a piece of fruit each morning as part of a government scheme.
Children in all years are allowed to bring in some bread or fruit for break-times, but crisps, cakes and chocolate biscuits are not allowed.
All classes have access to drinking water for pupils’ use. Your child should bring a filled water bottle to school each day, to have available in the classroom when needed. Research has shown that this is beneficial to children’s health and concentration. This bottle must be clear with a sports top, contain only water and can be in addition to any fruit or flavoured drink to have with their lunch.