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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

Spring/summer 2020

Menu one

Menu one covers weeks commencing: 

  • 24 February 2020
  • 16 March 2020
  • 20 April 2020
  • 11 May 2020
  • 8 June 2020
  • 29 June 2020.

Day
Main options
Pudding options
Monday
  1. Sausage baguette  * 
  2. Quorn sausage baguette  (v)

Served with rice and Vegetable Sticks and Garden Peas

  1. Sultana shortcake and custard  *
  2. Fresh Fruit
  3. Yoghurt
Tuesday
  1. Ham and Tomato Pasta Bake  *

  2. Cheese and Tomato Pasta Bake  (v)

Served with Crusty Bread and Summer Salad

  1. Fresh Fruit
  2. Yoghurt 
  3. Mandarin and Chocolate Sponge and Cream  *
Wednesday
  1. Roast Chicken and Stuffing  *
  2. Quorn roast  (v)
Served with Roast Potatoes, Spring Cabbage and Broccoli
  1. Fresh Fruit
  2. Yoghurt 
  3. Melting Moment and Milkshake  *
Thursday
  1. Hot Roast Pork and Stuffing Baguette  *
  2. Cheese Scotch Egg  (v)
Served with Potato Wedges, Sweetcorn
  1. Fresh Fruit
  2. Yoghurt 
  3. Jelly and Fruit  *
Friday
  1. Fish Cake
  2. Vegetable Wrap (v)
Served with Steakhouse Chips, Peas and Baked Beans
  1. Fresh Fruit
  2. Yoghurt 
  3. Toffee Apple Crumble and Custard  *
Menu 1

Menu 2

Menu two covers weeks commencing: 

  • 2 March 2020
  • 23 March 2020
  • 27 April 2020
  • 18 May 2020
  • 15 June 2020
  • 6 July 2020.

Day Main options
Pudding options
Monday
  1. Ham and Tomato Pizza  *

  2. Margherita pizza (v)  
Served with garlic wedges, baked beans or peas
  1. Fresh Fruit
  2. Yoghurt
  3. Iced Lemon Sponge  * 
Tuesday
  1. Chicken Casserole  *
  2. Country Vegetable Casserole  (v)
Served with New Potatoes, Baby Carrots and Sweetcorn 
  1. Fresh Fruit
  2. Yoghurt
  3. Cheese and Biscuits and Apple  * 

Wednesday
  1. Braised Steak and Yorkshire Pudding  * 
  2. Quorn Roast and Yorkshire Pudding  (v)
 Served with Mashed Potatoes, Cauliflower and Broccoli
  1. Fresh Fruit
  2. Yoghurt
  3. Chocolate Cookie and Orange Wedge  *
Thursday
  1. Lasagne  *
  2. Spaghetti Neapolitan  (v)
Served with Crusty Roll, Mixed Vegetables
  1. Fresh Fruit
  2. Yoghurt
  3. Banana Muffin  * 
Friday
  1. Fish fillet
  2. Jacket potato with cheese and baked beans (v)
   Served with Steakhouse Chips, Sweetcorn and Garden Peas
  1. Fresh Fruit
  2. Yoghurt
  3. Chocolate Crunch and Chocolate Custard  * 
Menu 2

Menu 3

Menu three covers weeks commencing: 

  • 9 March 2020
  • 30 March 2020
  • 4 May 2020
  • 1 June 2020
  • 22 June 2020
  • 13 July 2020.
Day Main options
Pudding options
Monday
  1. Toad in the hole  *
  2. Veggie Sausage Toad in the hole  (v)

Served with New Potatoes, Baby Carrots and Peas

  1. Fresh Fruit
  2. Yoghurt
  3. Iced Cornflake Special and Milkshake  *
Tuesday
  1. Buttermilk Chicken Fillet Burger  *
  2. Veggie and Cheese Burger  (v)   
Served with Oven-Baked Diced Potatoes, Coleslaw and Cucumber Sticks
  1. Fresh Fruit
  2. Yoghurt
  3. Jam Buns  *

Wednesday
  1. Roast Pork Loin and Stuffing  *
  2. Quorn Roast and Stuffing  (v)
Served with Roast Potatoes, Cauliflower and Green Beans
  1. Fresh Fruit
  2. Yoghurt
  3. Peach Melba  *
Thursday
  1. Chicken Curry  *
  2. Keema Curry  (v)
Served with Boiled Rice, Mixed Veg
  1. Fresh Fruit
  2. Yoghurt
  3. Raspberry Mousse and Fruit

Friday
  1. Fish Nibbles

  2. Vegetable Nuggets  (v)
Served with Steakhouse Chips, Garden Peas and Sweetcorn
  1. Fresh Fruit
  2. Yoghurt
  3. Chocolate Sponge and Custard  *
Menu 3

* 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.

Full allergen information is available and 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

Week 1 - Spring/Summer 2020

  • 24 February 2020
  • 16 March 2020
  • 20 April 2020
  • 4 May 2020
  • 11 May 2020
  • 8 June 2020
  • 29 June 2020
  • 20 July 2020.
Day
Main options
Pudding options
Monday
  • Meatball with tomato sauce wrap
  • Vegetarian meatball wrap  (v)
  • Tuna pasta bake

Carbohydrates

  • Crusty roll
  • Oven-baked potato wedges

 

Vegetables/salad

  • Vegetable choice of the day
  • Salad selection
Dessert
  • Selection of fruit and yoghurts
  • Shortcake and custard
  • Traybake
  • Biscuit selection
Tuesday
  • Hot roast pork and stuffing baguette
  • Italian-style chicken fillet
  • Veggie dish of the day  (v)

Carbohydrates

  • Steamed rice
  • Oven-baked diced potato

Vegetables/salad

  • Vegetable choice of the day
  • Salad selection
Dessert
  • Selection of fruit and yoghurts
  • Mandarin and chocolate sponge and cream
  • Traybake and biscuit selection
Wednesday
  • Roast chicken and Yorkshire pudding
  • Fish finger wrap
  • Quorn fillet and Yorkshire pudding  (v)

Carbohydrates

  • Oven-baked roast potato
  • Mashed potato

Vegetables/salad

  • Vegetable choice of the day
  • Salad selection
Dessert
  • Selection of fruit and yoghurts
  • Melting moment
  • Milkshake
  • Traybake
  • Biscuit selection
Thursday
  • Ham and tomato pasta bake
  • Chicken casserole
  • Cheese and tomato pizza  (v)

Carbohydrates

  • Mash
  • Oven potato wedges
  • Crusty roll

Vegetables/salad

  • Vegetable choice of the day
  • Salad selection

Dessert

  • Selection of fruit and yoghurts
  • Jelly and fruit
  • Traybake
  • Biscuit selection
Friday
  • Fishcakes
  • Jacket potato with coronation chicken
  • Cheese and onion potato skins and coleslaw  (v)

Carbohydrates

  • Steakhouse chips

Vegetables/salad 

  • Vegetable choice of the day
  • Salad selection

Dessert

  • Selection of fruit and yoghurts
  • Toffee apple crumble
  • Custard
  • Traybake
  • Biscuit selection
Week 1 Secondary Menu

Week 2 - Spring/Summer 2020

 

  • 2 March 2020
  • 23 March 2020
  • 27 April 2020
  • 18 May 2020
  • 15 June 2020
  • 6 July 2020.
Day
Main options
Pudding options
Monday
  • Ham and tomato pizza
  • Chilli con carne
  • Vegetable samosa and curry sauce  (v)

Carbohydrates

  • Steamed rice
  • Oven-baked wedges

Vegetables/salad

  • Vegetable choice of the day
  • Salad selection

Dessert

  • Selection of fruit and yoghurts
  • Iced lemon sponge
  • Traybake
  • Biscuit Selection
Tuesday
  • Buttermilk chicken fillet burger
  • Sweet and sour pork
  • Vegetable fajita  (v)

Carbohydrates

  • Oven-baked diced potato
  • Steamed rice

Vegetables/salad

  • Vegetable choice of the day
  • Salad selection

Dessert

  • Selection of fruit and yoghurts
  • Cheese and biscuits 
  • and apple
  • Traybake
  • Biscuit selection
Wednesday
  • Braised Steak and Yorkshire Pudding
  • Chicken Fajita
  • Veg and Cheese Burger  (v)

Carbohydrates

  • Oven-baked Wedges
  • Mashed Potato

Vegetables/salad

  • Vegetable Choice of the Day
  • Salad Selection

Dessert

  • Selection of Fruit and Yoghurts
  • Chocolate Cookie and Orange Wedge  *
  • Tray Bake and Biscuit Selection
Thursday
  • Beef lasagne
  • Thai green chicken curry
  • Veg chilli  (v)

Carbohydrates

  • Steamed rice
  • Naan bread
  • Choice of potato

Vegetables/salad

  • Vegetable choice of the day
  • Salad selection

Dessert

  • Selection of fruit and yoghurts
  • Banana Muffin
  • Traybake
  • Biscuit selection
Friday
  • Fish fillet
  • Chicken and bacon pasta
  • BBQ Quorn Pitta  (v)

Carbohydrates

  • Steakhouse chips
  • Crusty roll

Vegetables/salad

  • Vegetable choice of the day
  • Salad selection

Dessert

  • Selection of fruit and yoghurts
  • Chocolate crunch
  • Chocolate custard
  • Traybake
  • Biscuit selection
Week 2 Secondary Menu

Week 3 - Spring/Summer 2020

  • 9 March 2020
  • 30 March 2020
  • 4 May 2020  
  • 1 June 2020
  • 22 June 2020
  • 13 July 2020. 
Day
Main options
Pudding options
Monday
  • Toad in the Hole
  • Bacon and leek pasta
  • Hummus and roasted vegetable wrap  (v)

Carbohydrates

  • Mashed potatoes 
  • Oven-baked wedges
  • Crusty roll

Vegetables/salad

  • Vegetable choice of the day
  • Salad selection

Dessert

  • Selection of fruit
  • Yoghurts
  • Iced cornflake special 
  • Milkshake
  • Traybake
  • Biscuit selection
Tuesday
  • Chicken curry
  • Burger in a bun 
  • Vegetable stir-fry with sweet chilli noodles  (v)

Carbohydrates 

  • Oven-baked diced Potatoes
  • Steamed rice
  • Naan bread

Vegetables/salad

  • Vegetable Choice of the Day
  • Salad Selection
  • Coleslaw

Dessert

  • Selection of fruit
  • Yoghurts
  • Jam buns
  • Traybake
  • Biscuit selection
Wednesday
  • Roast pork loin and stuffing
  • Sticky chicken and sweetcorn pizza
  • Vegetable Bolognese  (v)

Carbohydrates

  • Roast potatoes
  • Steamed rice
  • Pasta

Vegetables/salad

  • Vegetable choice of the day
  • Salad selection

Dessert

  • Selection of fruit
  • Yoghurts
  • Peach melba
  • Traybake
  • Biscuit selection
Thursday
  • Spaghetti Bolognese
  • Chicken and sweetcorn pizza
  • Country vegetable bake  (v)

Carbohydrates

  • Pasta 
  • Oven-baked wedges

Vegetables/salad

  • Vegetable choice of the day
  • Salad selection

Dessert

  • Selection of fruit
  • Yoghurts
  • Raspberry mousse
  • Peaches
  • Traybake
  • Biscuit selection
Friday
  • Fish nibbles
  • Chicken pitta pocket
  • Macaroni cheese  (v)

Carbohydrates

  • Chips
  • Steamed rice
  • Crusty roll

Vegetables/salad

  • Vegetable choice of the day
  • Salad selection

Dessert

  • Selection of fruit
  • Yoghurts
  • Chocolate sponge and custard
  • Traybake
  • Biscuit selection
Week 3 Secondary Menu

The menus can be downloaded below:

Primary School Lunch Menu - Spring 2020 (pdf 19mb)

Secondary School Lunch Menu - Spring 2020 (word 66kb)


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 are 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.