Chef Bell heads up the lunchtime team at Paddle School. She and Ms Riddick provide a midday meal to our hungry pupils which is cooked from scratch in the school's 5 Star kitchen and served in the school hall.
We have a set menu which changes each half term. This consists of a main meal and then a separate "option" that can be chosen. We use fresh seasonal produce which, wherever possible, is sourced locally. This development was a major element in the school being awarded “Healthy School Status”. You can see our current menu below.
Lunch is split into 2 sittings. EYFS and KS1 eat at 12:00-12:30pm and then have their half an hour break from 12:30-1:00pm.
KS2 have their break from 12:00-12:30pm then eat at 12:30-1:00pm. They are welcome to have a healthy snack to keep them going that extra half an hour.
Dinner options are chosen via ParentMail, our school payments website, as we are a 'cash-free school'. Meals are paid for in advance when options are chosen, on a pay-as-you-go system. If a pupil is absent, the meals missed will be credited at the end of the week.
No distinction is made between children paying for school meals and those entitled to a free school meal. No-one but the school administrators are aware of children having free meals. All children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are entitled to receive a Universal Infant Free School Meal (UIFSM) as provided by the government. School dinners are £3.00 per day.
Parents are given the opportunity to choose whether their child has a hot main meal, the second option (jacket potato, hot baguette or wrap), or they can provide a packed lunch themselves from home.
We have a team of midday supervisors attending to the needs of children during the lunch hour, assisting in the canteen and leading play in the playground or classroom during wet lunch times.