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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 2019

Menu one

Menu one covers weeks commencing: 

  • 2 September 2019
  • 23 September 2019
  • 14 October 2019
  • 11 November 2019
  • 2 December 2019
  • 6 January 2020
  • 27 January 2020

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

Served with oven-baked wedges, coleslaw and baked beans

  1. * Sultana shortcake & custard
  2. Fresh Fruit
  3. Yoghurt
Tuesday
  1. * Sticky chicken
  2. Jacket potato and filling (v)

Served with vegetable rice and sweetcorn niblets 

  1. * Iced cookie, fruit wedges and milkshake
  2. Fresh Fruit
  3. Yoghurt 
Wednesday
  1. * Gammon and pineapple
  2. Quorn roast (v)
Served with saute potatoes, cauliflower and broccoli cheese
  1. * Banoffee mousse and banana
  2. Fresh Fruit
  3. Yoghurt 
Thursday
  1. * Spaghetti bolognaise
  2. * Spaghetti neapolitan (v)
Served with crusty bread, baby carrots and green beans

  1. * Chocolate krispie slice and mandarins
  2. Fresh Fruit
  3. Yoghurt 
Friday
  1. Fish nibbles and tomato sauce
  2. Vegetable nibbles (v)
Served with chips, garden peas and sweetcorn
  1. * Lemon drizzle and custard
  2. Fresh Fruit
  3. Yoghurt 
Menu one

Menu two

Menu two covers weeks commencing: 

  • 9 September 2019
  • 30 September 2019
  • 21 October 2019
  • 18 November 2019
  • 9 December 2019
  • 13 January 2020
  • 3 February 2020

Day Main options
Pudding options
Monday
  1. Chicken and sweetcorn pizza
  2. Margherita pizza (v)  
Served with garlic wedges, garden peas and coleslaw
  1. Arctic roll and peaches
  2. Fresh Fruit
  3. Yoghurt
Tuesday
  1. * Meatballs in tomato sauce
  2. Quorn meatballs (v)
Served with pasta, sweetcorn and green beans
  1. * Apple crisp and custard
  2. Fresh Fruit
  3. Yoghurt
Wednesday
  1. * Roast pork loin and apple sauce
  2. Quorn roast (v)
 Served with oven roast potatoes, broccoli and baby carrots
  1. * Frosted chocolate cake
  2. Fresh Fruit
  3. Yoghurt
Thursday
  1. * Chicken carbonara
  2. * Mushroom carbonara (v)
Served with rice and vegetable medley
  1. *Melting moment and milkshake
  2. Fresh Fruit
  3. Yoghurt
Friday
  1. Fish finger mayo wrap
  2.  Jacket potato with cheese and baked beans (v)
   Served with chips, garden peas and baked beans
  1. * Orange sponge and chocolate sauce
  2. Fresh Fruit
  3. Yoghurt
Menu two

Menu three

Menu three covers weeks commencing: 

  • 16 September 2019
  • 7 October 2019
  • 4 November 2019
  • 25 November 2019
  • 16 December 2019
  • 20 January 2020
  • 10 February 2020
Day Main options
Pudding options
Monday
  1. * Italian chicken fillet and pasta in tomato sauce
  2. Cheese and spring onion pasta (v)
Served with baby carrots and garden peas
  1. * 'Steamed jam sponge and custard
  2. Fresh Fruit
  3. Yoghurt 
Tuesday
  1. * Pulled pork in a soft bun
  2. * Roasted vegetable wrap (v)   
Served with cajun wedges, coleslaw and vegetable sticks
  1. * Chocolate crunch and chocolate sauce
  2. Fresh Fruit
  3. Yoghurt
Wednesday
  1. * Roast turkey and Yorkshire pudding
  2. Quorn roast (v)
Served with mash potatoes, cauliflower and broccoli
  1. Frozen yoghurt and fruit
  2. Fresh Fruit
  3. Yoghurt
Thursday
  1. * Bacon and leek pasta
  2. * Quorn sweet and sour (v)
Served with crusty bread, boiled rice, baby carrots and green beans
  1. * Chocolate sponge and sliced pear and custard
  2. Fresh Fruit
  3. Yoghurt
Friday
  1. Fillet of fish
  2. * Cheese and onion potato skins (v)
Served with chips, mushy/garden peas and baked beans
  1. * Fruit cheesecake
  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

Spring/Summer 2019

Day
Main options
Pudding options
Monday
  • Spaghetti bolognaise
  • Fish cake
  • Quorn fajita

Carbohydrates

  • Wedges
  • Pasta
  • Crusty roll

Vegetables/salad

  • Vegetable choice of the day
  • Salad selection
Dessert
  • Selection of fruit and yoghurts
  • Traybake and biscuit selection
  • Shortcake and custard
Tuesday
  • Meat feast pizza
  • Sweet chilli chicken     
  • Vegetable chow mein

Carbohydrates

  • Choice of potato
  • Rice

Vegetables/salad

  • Vegetable choice of the day
  • Salad selection
Dessert
  • Selection of fruit and yoghurts
  • Traybake and biscuit selection
  • Chocolate crunch and chocolate custard
Wednesday
  • Braised steak and Yorkshire pudding
  • Leek and bacon pasta
  • Roasted red pepper and cheddar quiche

Carbohydrates

  • Oven roast saute
  • Selection of bread

Vegetables/salad

  • Vegetable choice of the day
  • Salad selection
Dessert
  • Selection of fruit and yoghurts
  • Traybake and biscuit selection
  • Dorset apple cake and custard 
Thursday
  • Sausage and onion baguette
  • Tikka chicken curry 
  • BBQ Quorn pitta

Carbohydrates

  • Rice/naan bread
  • Choice of potato

Vegetables/salad

  • Vegetable choice of the day
  • Salad selection

Dessert

  • Selection of fruit and yoghurts
  • Traybake and biscuit selection
  • Jam love cake and custard
Friday
  • Fish fillet
  • Chicken carbonara    
  • Houmous and roasted veg wrap

Carbohydrates

  • Chips
  • Crusty roll
  • Rice

Vegetables/salad 

  • Vegetable choice of the day
  • Salad selection

Dessert

  • Selection of fruit and yoghurts
  • Traybake and biscuit selection
  • Blueberry cheesecake
Week one menu


 

Day
Main options
Pudding options
Monday
  • BBQ chicken and coleslaw
  • Ham and tomato pasta 
  • Cheese and onion potato skins & coleslaw

Carbohydrates

  • Garlic and herb potatoes
  • Crusty roll

Vegetables/salad

  • Vegetable choice of the day
  • Salad selection

Dessert

  • Selection of fruit and yoghurts
  • Traybake and biscuit selection
  • Chocolate and pear sponge custard
Tuesday
  • Burger in a bun
  • Jacket potato and tuna mayo
  • Vegetable stir fry with sweet chilli noodles

Carbohydrates

  • Selection of bread

Vegetables/salad

  • Vegetable choice of the day
  • Salad selection

Dessert

  • Selection of fruit and yoghurts
  • Traybake and biscuit selection
  • Apple pie and custard
Wednesday
  • Roast gammon and pineapple
  • Meatballs in tomato sauce 
  • Veg chilli

Carbohydrates

    • Oven-baked saute potatoes
    • Rice

Vegetables/salad

  • Vegetable choice of the day
  • Salad selection

Dessert

  • Selection of fruit and yoghurts
  • Traybake and biscuit selection
  • Iced cornflake special and custard
Thursday
  • Sticky chicken 
  • Chilli pitta with sour cream
  • Vegetable nibbles

Carbohydrates

  • Vegetable rice
  • Oven-baked wedges

Vegetables/salad

  • Vegetable choice of the day
  • Salad selection

Dessert

  • Selection of fruit and yoghurts
  • Traybake and biscuit selection
  • Bakewell tart and custard
Friday
  • Fish finger wrap with mayo
  • Beef curry
  • Pizza

Carbohydrates

  • Chips
  • Rice/Naan bread

Vegetables/salad

  • Vegetable choice of the day
  • Salad selection

Dessert

  • Selection of fruit and yoghurts
  • Traybake and biscuit selection
  • Lemon drizzle and custard
Week two menu
 
Day
Main options
Pudding options
Monday
  • Italian chicken
  • Sausage pasta 
  • Vegetable curry

Carbohydrates

  • Rice
  • Crusty roll

Vegetables/salad

  • Vegetable choice of the day
  • Salad selection

Dessert

  • Selection of fruit and yoghurts
  • Traybake and biscuit selection
  • Apple crisp and custard
Tuesday
  • BBQ pulled pork in a brioche bun
  • Chicken crumble
  • Roasted vegetable lasagne

Carbohydrates 

  • Crusty roll
  • Cajun spiced wedges

Vegetables/salad

  • Vegetable choice of the day
  • Salad selection

Dessert

  • Selection of fruit and yoghurts
  • Traybake and biscuit selection
  • Macaroon tart and custard
Wednesday
  • Roast turkey and stuffing
  • Fish goujons
  • Quorn fillet and stuffing

Carbohydrates

  • Choice of potatoes

Vegetables/salad

  • Vegetable choice of the day
  • Salad selection

Dessert

  • Selection of fruit and yoghurts
  • Traybake and biscuit selection
  • St Clements sponge and custard
Thursday
  • Pasta bolognaise
  • Hawaiian pizza
  • Mushroom carbonara

Carbohydrates

  • Rice  
  • Oven potato wedges

Vegetables/salad

  • Vegetable choice of the day
  • Salad selection

Dessert

  • Selection of fruit and yoghurts
  • Traybake and biscuit selection
  • Fruit crumble and custard
Friday
  • Fillet of fish with tartare sauce
  • Jacket potato with cheese and beans
  • Cheese and onion roll

Carbohydrates

  • Chips
  • Crusty roll

Vegetables/salad

  • Vegetable choice of the day
  • Salad selection

Dessert

  • Selection of fruit and yoghurts
  • Traybake and biscuit selection
  • Lemon love cake and custard
Week three menu

The menus can be downloaded as PDFs below:

Primary school lunch menu - Autumn/Winter 2019 (pdf 13mb)

Secondary school lunch menu Autumn/Winter 2019 (word 72kb)

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.