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School menus

Where to find the current menu, analysis charts for the seasonal menus, energy provided by school lunches and what happens with lunches for pupils that have been excluded.

Where can I find the current menu for schools?

The school menu for both primary and secondary schools is available to view on the page below and as a downloadable PDF further down the page:

Primary school lunch menu

Autumn/Winter 2018/19

Menu one

Menu one covers weeks commencing: 

  • 03/09/18
  • 24/09/18
  • 15/10/18
  • 12/11/18
  • 03/12/18
  • 07/01/19
  • 28/01/19

Day
Main options
Pudding options
Monday
  1. * Chicken pasta bake
  2. Vegetable pasta  (v)

Served with potato wedges, sweetcorn or winter salad

  1. * Chocolate cookie and milkshake
  2. Fresh fruit
  3. Yoghurt
Tuesday
  1. * Braised steak
  2. * Country vegetable casserole (v)

Served with Yorkshire pudding, mashed potato, cauliflower and baby carrots  

  1. * Fruit muffin
  2. Fresh fruit
  3. Yoghurt 
Wednesday
  1. * Roast pork loin
  2. Quorn roast (v)
Served with Sage & onion stuffing, oven roast potatoes, broccoli and carrots 
  1. * Strawberry mousse
  2. Fresh fruit
  3. Yoghurt 
Thursday
  1. * Chicken Curry
  2. Keema Curry (v)
Served with Naan bread, steamed rice and mixed vegetables 

  1. * Madeline sponge & custard
  2. Fresh fruit
  3. Yoghurt 
Friday
  1. *Fillet of fish
  2. Vegetable nuggets (v)
Served with steak fries, garden peas and baked beans 
  1. * Winter berry crumble & ice cream
  2. Fresh fruit
  3. Yoghurt 
Menu one

Menu two

Menu two covers weeks commencing: 

  • 10/09/18
  • 01/10/18
  • 22/10/18
  • 19/11/18
  • 10/12/18
  • 14/01/19
  • 04/02/19

Day Main options
Pudding options
Monday
  1. * Pepperoni pizza
  2. * Cheese & tomato pizza (v)  
Served with Potato wedges, garden peas and baked beans
  1. * Marble sponge & custard
  2. Fresh fruit
  3. Yoghurt
Tuesday
  1. * Classic lasagne
  2. Roasted vegetable lasagne (v)
Served with crusty bread and winter salad
  1. * Chocolate krispie slice
  2. Fresh fruit
  3. Yoghurt
Wednesday
  1. * Roast ham
  2. * Quorn roast (v)
 Served with Yorkshire pudding, mashed potatoes, cauliflower and garden peas
  1. Fruit platter
  2. Yoghurt
Thursday
  1. * Chicken wrap, baby carrots & sweetcorn
  2. * Jacket potato with cheese and coleslaw (v)
  1. * Orange shortcake & custard
  2. Fresh fruit
  3. Yoghurt
Friday
  1. Fshcake
  2.  Cheese pasta bake (v)
   Served with Steak fries, garden peas and sweetcorn
  1. * Melting moment
  2. Fresh fruit
  3. Yoghurt
Menu two

Menu three

Menu three covers weeks commencing: 

  • 17/09/18
  • 08/10/18
  • 05/11/18
  • 26/11/18
  • 17/012/18
  • 21/01/19
  • 11/02/19
Day Main options
Pudding options
Monday
  1. * Italian style chicken
  2. Vegetable curry
Served with steamed rice cauliflour and broccoli medley
  1. * Syrup sponge and custard
  2. Fresh fruit
  3. Yoghurt 
Tuesday
  1. * Sausage & Yorkshire pudding
  2. Vegetarian sausage (v)   
Served with Mashed potato, green beans and sweetcorn
  1. * Chocolate mousse and manderins
  2. Fresh fruit
  3. Yoghurt
Wednesday
  1. * Roast turkey
  2. Quorn roast (v)
Served with sage and onion stuffing, mashed potatoes, peas and carrots
  1. * Oaty biscuit and milkshake
  2. Fresh fruit
  3. Yoghurt
Thursday
  1. * Bolognaise pasta bake
  2. * Pasta napolitan (v)
Served with crusty bread and mixed vegetables 
  1. * Eves pudding & pink custard
  2. Fresh fruit
  3. Yoghurt
Friday
  1. Fish fingers, steak fries, garden peas and sweetcorn
  2. Jacket potato with cheese & beans (V)
  1. * Chocolate crunch and pink custard
  2. Fresh fruit
  3. Yoghurt 
Menu three

* Denotes dishes made in the kitchen

(v) Denotes vegetarian option (available on request)

Please note: Individual schools may offer an alternative choice to the meal options shown.  Please contact your school for details.

Special dietary requirements can be catered for, please contact your school for details.

It may be necessary to change the menu without prior notice.

Secondary school lunch menu

Autumn/Winter 2018/19

Day
Main options
Pudding options
Monday
  • Beef burger in a bun
  • Italian style chicken fillet
  • Mixed pepper flan

Carbohydrates

  • Potato wedges
  • Pasta

Vegetables/salad

  • Broccoli
  • Sweetcorn
  • Garden peas
  • Salad selection
Dessert
  • Chocolate crackle
  • Cornflour shorties
  • Madeline sponge
  • Custard
Tuesday
  • Chicken curry 
  • Pork & apple pie      
  • Margherita pizza

Carbohydrates

  • Roast potatoes
  • Rice
  • Jacket potato

Vegetables/salad

  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Green beans
  • Salad selection
Dessert
  • Oat delight
  • Crispy ginger biscuits
  • Lemon drizzle
  • Custard
Wednesday
  • Roast turkey
  • Sage & onion stuffing
  • Lasagne
  • Veggie enchiladas

Carbohydrates

  • Mashed potatoes
  • Jacket potato
  • Granary roll

Vegetables/salad

  • Broccoli
  • Swede / carrot
  • Salad selection
Dessert
  • Jam roly poly
  • Banana bread
  • Chocolate cookie   
  • Custard 
Thursday
  • Braised steak
  • Chicken & pepperoni pasta bake    
  • Vegetable samosa & curry sauce

Carbohydrates

  • Duchesse potatoes
  • Rice
  • Crusty bread

Vegetables/salad

  • Mixed veg
  • Green beans
  • Broccoli
  • Salad selection

Dessert

  • Sultana shortcake
  • Iced sponge
  • Lemon love cake
  • Custard
Friday
  • Salmon fish fingers
  • Chicken tikka    
  • Country vegetable casserole

Carbohydrates

  • Chips
  • Rice/naan bread

Vegetables/salad 

  • Baked beans
  • Sweetcorn
  • Garden peas
  • Salad selection

Dessert

  • Fruit muffin
  • Apple flapjack
  • Wellington fudge    
  • Custard
Week one menu


 

Day
Main options
Pudding options
Monday
  • Chicken fillet & sage & onion stuffing  
  • Ham pasta bake
  • Keema curry

Carbohydrates

  • Mashed potatoes
  • Jacket potato
  • Rice

Vegetables/salad

  • Baby carrots
  • Garden peas
  • Green beans
  • Salad selection

Dessert

  • Iced cornflake special  
  • Fruit muffin
  • Custard 
  • Cornish cream split
Tuesday
  • Steak pie
  • Spaghetti carbonara
  • Swedish meatball pizza

Carbohydrates

  • Oven baked potatoes
  • Crusty bread

Vegetables/salad

  • Cauliflower
  • Broccoli florets
  • Salad selection

Dessert

  • Strawberry mousse
  • Gingerbread
  • Custard
  • Melting moments
Wednesday
  • Roast ham and Yorkshire pudding
  • Turkey meatballs and tomato sauce  
  • Spaghetti napolitan

Carbohydrates

    • Granary roll
    • Potato wedges
    • Mashed potatoes

Vegetables/salad

  • Sweetcorn
  • Carrots
  • Green beans
  • Salad selection

Dessert

  • Chocolate crackle
  • Raspberry buns
  • Custard 
  • Flake macaroon
Thursday
  • Chicken wraps
  • Mince beef cobbler
  • Veggie toad in the hole

Carbohydrates

  • Mashed potatoes
  • Potato wedges
  • Jacket potato

Vegetables/salad

  • Mixed vegetables
  • Garden peas
  • Salad selection

Dessert

  • Apple & caramel flan
  • Chocolate brownie
  • Coconut shortcake
  • Custard
Friday
  • Fish fillet
  • Turkey fricassee
  • Cheesy pasta bake

Carbohydrates

  • Chips
  • Rice
  • Crusty bread

Vegetables/salad

  • Sweetcorn
  • Garden peas
  • Green beans
  • Salad selection

Dessert

  • Sticky toffee pudding      
  • Custard
  • Oaty biscuits
  • Arctic roll & mandarins
Week two menu
 
Day
Main options
Pudding options
Monday
  • Chicken & sweetcorn pizza
  • Moussaka 
  • Vegetable pitta

Carbohydrates

  • Garlic bread
  • Jacket potato
  • Potato wedges

Vegetables/salad

  • Sweetcorn
  • Garden peas
  • Salad selection

Dessert

  • Orange biscuits
  • Winter berry crumble
  • Custard
  • Iced cupcakes
Tuesday
  • Bolognaise
  • Scampi
  • Caramelised onion tart

Carbohydrates 

  • Chips
  • Granary roll
  • Jacket potato

Vegetables/salad

  • Carrots
  • Broccoli
  • Green beans
  • Salad selection

Dessert

  • Fruit muffin
  • Chocolate crunch 
  • Custard
  • Lemon fingers
Wednesday
  • Roast pork & sage & onion stuffing
  • Chilli fajitas
  • Veggie meatball panini

Carbohydrates

  • Oven baked potatoes
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Rice

Vegetables/salad

  • Carrots
  • Broccoli
  • Green beans
  • Salad selection

Dessert

  • Dorset apple cake
  • Cherry scone    
  • Custard
  • Swiss roll
Thursday
  • Sausage & Yorkshire pudding
  • Turkey marengo
  • Mushroom tagliatelle

Carbohydrates

  • Jacket potato      
  • Crusty roll
  • Rice  
  • Mashed potatoes

Vegetables/salad

  • Sweetcorn
  • Garden peas
  • Carrots
  • Salad selection

Dessert

  • Bakewell tart
  • Lemon love cake
  • Custard 
  • Chocolate crispies
Friday
  • Fishcake
  • Sweet chilli chicken fillet
  • Cheese scotch eggs

Carbohydrates

  • Potato wedges
  • Rice
  • Jacket potato

Vegetables/salad

  • Garden peas
  • Sweetcorn
  • Broccoli
  • Salad selection

Dessert

  • Syrup sponge
  • Custard 
  • Raspberry ripple mousse
  • Shortbread biscuits
Week three menu

The menus can be downloaded as PDFs below:

Primary school lunch menu - Autumn/Winter 2018/19 (pdf 7,700kb opens in new window)

Secondary school lunch menu Autumn/Winter 2018/19 (word 68kb opens in new window)

Please note: a number of primary and secondary schools may produce their own menus so the above document is for guidance only. Check the individual school websites for choices on offer.

Are local authorities required to provide lunches to pupils who have been excluded from school and are instead attending a college?

The obligation to provide pupils with school food only relates to pupils registered at a school maintained by the local authority.  If a pupil had been excluded from school and is not registered at any other school maintained by the authority, (for example if they are instead attending a college) the local authority is not required to provide the pupil with lunch.

If a pupil has been excluded from school, and is attending a college, but is still registered at the school, then the local authority would have to provide the pupil with lunch if the pupil (or somebody acting on their behalf) requested a school lunch and they were eligible for free lunches, or it would not be unreasonable for the authority to provide the lunch.  Where lunches are provided to pupils, they are required to comply with the school food standards.

What should I put in my child's lunch box?

Your school may operate a packed lunch policy so please check with them in the first instance. 

If they have a policy this will set out the sorts of foods that the school encourages children to have in their lunch boxes and the sorts of foods that aren’t allowed. 

Policies often ban foods like sweets, chocolate bars, crisps and sugary drinks and encourage children to have at least one portion of fruit or vegetables and to drink water. 

Please support your school’s policy if they have one. They’re there to help improve children’s diet and give them a consistent message because the school canteen won’t sell confectionary or salty snacks like crisps. 

Last Updated: Thursday, 30 August 2018