An on-site school kitchen provides a varied and healthy menu serving hot a variety of meals.
Every day children may choose from:
- non-halal meat
- halal meat
- two vegetarian options.
Harrison Catering Services are our chosen supplier and manage the food at our school. Our menu choices are provided on a three-week rotation. See below.
No pork is served. Only organic milk, eggs, fruit and vegetables are used and the menu includes salads, fruit and milk. We use Fish that is MSC compliant from sustainable sources and meat that is Red Tractor Farm assured. The menus are planned in partnership with school team and in consultation with the school council. We ensure they are in line with the nutritional guidelines, thus ensuring the food provides a balanced meal to all the children.
To pay for your child’s lunches use My Child at School.
If your child has a special diet due to medical or religious reasons please let the office team know. It is vital that the school is aware of any food allergies your child may have so we can adjust the menu for them. NB. We will need allergy certification from your doctor.
Harrison catering are our chosen supplier and manage the food at our school. Our menu choices are provided on a three week rotation.
We are in the process of phasing out packed lunches. All new children are expected to have lunches cooked at school. All children in Nursery to Year 2 eat school meals this will extend year by year until the practice of eating packed lunches ends at Marlborough in July 2024. All school adults are invited to eat school lunches with the children and most do as the school lunches are great!
It is important to make sure the lunchboxes that children bring to school provide a healthy, balanced lunch. This means plenty of foods that contain the nutrients that children need, and fewer foods that are high in sugar and saturated fat.
Packing the lunchbox
A balanced packed lunch should contain:
- Starchy foods. These are bread, rice, potatoes and pasta, and others.
- Protein foods. These are meat, fish, eggs, beans and others.
- A dairy item. This could be cheese or yoghurt.
- Vegetables or salad, and a portion of fruit.
Starchy foods are a good source of energy, and should make up a third of the lunchbox. To prevent lunches becoming boring instead of sandwiches give your child bagels, pitta bread, wraps and baguettes. Use brown, wholemeal or seeded bread, not white bread.
Children often like food they can eat with their fingers, so chop up raw vegetables such as carrots or peppers, and give them cottage cheese to dip their vegetables in. Breadsticks and wholemeal crackers are great finger foods and they can be spread with low-fat soft cheese or eaten with reduced-fat cheddar and pickles.
Replace chocolate bars and cakes with fresh or dried fruit. Vary the fruit each day and get them to try new things, like kiwi or melon.
You could also make up a tasty fruit salad. Be inventive and encourage your children when they try something new.
Marlborough Primary School is a healthy school. Children in Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 are given fruit or vegetables each day at morning break funded through a government scheme. Children in Key Stage 2 are encouraged to bring in fruit or vegetables to eat during their morning break.
Children are not allowed to bring sweets, gum, crisps or other snacks into school.