Chef Bell heads up the lunchtime team at Paddle School. She and Mrs 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, and family service where two of our older children serve the meal to a table of eight. 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.
Dinner money for the week should be paid by ParentMail, our school payments website, as we are a 'cash-free school'. Meals paid for but not eaten are credited for the following 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 £2.85 per day.
If parents wish children to change from eating a packed lunch to eating a school meal and visa-versa, at least seven days notice is required and fourteen if possible. This is to allow the kitchen staff time to alter amounts of food being ordered.
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.