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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 2019

Menu one

Menu one covers weeks commencing: 

  • 25/02/19
  • 18/03/19
  • 22/04/19
  • 13/05/19
  • 10/06/19
  • 01/07/19
  • 22/07/19

Day
Main options
Pudding options
Monday
  1. * Chicken pie
  2. Country vegetable bake  (v)

Served with creamed potato, carrots or broccoli

  1. Raspberry ripple mousse
  2. Fruit platter
  3. Yoghurt
Tuesday
  1. Meat feast pizza
  2. Margherita pizza (v)

Served with potato wedges, baked beans and sweetcorn  

  1. * Chocolate crunch & pink custard
  2. Fruit platter
  3. Yoghurt 
Wednesday
  1. * Roast beef
  2. Veggie roast (v)
Served with yorkshire pudding, sweet potato mash, cauliflower and garden peas
  1. * Oaty biscuit and apple wedges
  2. Fruit platter
  3. Yoghurt 
Thursday
  1. * Chicken pasta bake
  2. *Tomato & basil pasta bake (v)
Served with crusty bread, vegetable medley or summer salad

  1. * Tutti fruity cake
  2. Fruit platter
  3. Yoghurt 
Friday
  1. Fish fingers, chips and garden peas
  2. * 'Veggie' curry, naan bread and rice (v)

  1. * Sultana shortcake & custard
  2. Fruit platter
  3. Yoghurt 
Menu one

Menu two

Menu two covers weeks commencing: 

  • 04/03/19
  • 25/03/19
  • 29/04/19
  • 20/05/19
  • 17/06/19
  • 08/07/19

Day Main options
Pudding options
Monday
  1. Sausage & yorkshire pudding
  2. * Veggie sausage (v)  
Served with sweet potato mash , garden peas and cauliflower
  1. * Fruit flapjack & custard
  2. Fruit platter
  3. Yoghurt
Tuesday
  1. * Chicken pitta pocket
  2. Roasted vegetable pitta (v)
Served with rice, broccoli and carrots
  1. * Chocolate crackle
  2. Fruit platter
  3. Yoghurt
Wednesday
  1. * Roast pork loin
  2. Veggie roast (v)
 Served with sage & onion stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweetcorn & green beans
  1. * Melting moment
  2. Fruit platter
  3. Yoghurt
Thursday
  1. * Spaghetti bolognaise
  2. * Macaroni cheese (v)
Served with crusty bread , garden peas and summer salad
  1. Frozen yoghurt & mandarins
  2. Fruit platter
  3. Yoghurt
Friday
  1. Battered fish, potato wedges & baked beans
  2.  Jacket potato with cheese and baked beans (v)
   
  1. * Iced baked sponge & custard
  2. Fruit platter
  3. Yoghurt
Menu two

Menu three

Menu three covers weeks commencing: 

  • 11/03/19
  • 01/04/19
  • 06/05/19
  • 03/06/19
  • 24/06/19
  • 15/07/19
Day Main options
Pudding options
Monday
  1. * BBQ chicken
  2. * BBQ style quorn fillet
Served with potato wedges, garden peas, sweetcorn
  1. * 'Summer' cupcake
  2. Fruit platter
  3. Yoghurt 
Tuesday
  1. * Ham & tomato pasta bake
  2. Pasta napolitan (v)   
Served with crusty bread, vegetable medley or summer salad
  1. * Chocolate oat delight & custard
  2. Fruit platter
  3. Yoghurt
Wednesday
  1. * Roast chicken with sage & onion stuffing
  2. Roasted vegetable lasagne (v)
Served with roast potatoes, broccoli and baby carrots
  1. Peach melba
  2. Fruit platter
  3. Yoghurt
Thursday
  1. Meatball wrap
  2. 'Veggie' meatball wrap (v)
Served with rice, rustic tomato sauce, vegetable sticks and garden peas
  1. * Frosted chocolate cake
  2. Fruit platter
  3. Yoghurt
Friday
  1. Fish bites
  2. Vegetable nuggets (V)
Served with chips, baked beans or sweetcorn
  1. * Summer fruit crumble & custard
  2. Fruit platter
  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 goujons
  • Quorn fajhita

Carbohydrates

  • Wedges
  • Pasta
  • Crusty roll

Vegetables/salad

  • Vegetable choice of the day
  • Salad selection
Dessert
  • Selection of fruit & yoghurts
  • Tray bake & biscuit selection
  • Shortcake & 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 & yoghurts
  • Tray bake & biscuit selection
  • Chocolate crunch & pink custard
Wednesday
  • Roast beef & yorkshire pudding
  • Cheese & bacon pasta
  • Roasted red pepper & cheddar quiche

Carbohydrates

  • Oven roast saute
  • Selection of bread

Vegetables/salad

  • Vegetable choice of the day
  • Salad selection
Dessert
  • Selection of fruit & yoghurts
  • Tray bake & biscuit selection
  • Dorset apple cake & custard 
Thursday
  • Sausage & onion baguette
  • Thai green chicken curry 
  • BBQ quorn pitta

Carbohydrates

  • Rice / naan
  • Choice of potato

Vegetables/salad

  • Vegetable choice of the day
  • Salad selection

Dessert

  • Selection of fruit & yoghurts
  • Tray bake & biscuit selection
  • Jam love cake & custard
Friday
  • Fish pie
  • Chicken carbonarra    
  • Houmous & roasted veg wrap

Carbohydrates

  • Jacket potato
  • Garlic bread
  • Rice

Vegetables/salad 

  • Vegetable choice of the day
  • Salad selection

Dessert

  • Selection of fruit & yoghurts
  • Tray bake & biscuit selection
  •   Strawberry cheesecake
Week one menu


 

Day
Main options
Pudding options
Monday
  • BBQ chicken & coleslaw lasagne  
  • Cheese & onion potato skins & coleslaw

Carbohydrates

  • Garlic & herb potatoes
  • Crusty roll

Vegetables/salad

  • Vegetable choice of the day
  • Salad selection

Dessert

  • Selection of fruit & yoghurts
  • Tray bake & biscuit selection
  • Chocolate & pear sponge custard
Tuesday
  • Burger in a bun
  • Sweet potato topped cottage pie
  • Vegetable stir fry with sweet chilli noodles

Carbohydrates

  • Selection of bread

Vegetables/salad

  • Vegetable choice of the day
  • Salad selection

Dessert

  • Selection of fruit & yoghurts
  • Tray bake & biscuit selection
  • Apple pie & custard
Wednesday
  • Roast ham and Yorkshire pudding
  • Meatball baguette  
  • Veg chilli

Carbohydrates

    • Champ mash
    • Rice

Vegetables/salad

  • Vegetable choice of the day
  • Salad selection

Dessert

  • Selection of fruit & yoghurts
  • Tray bake & biscuit selection
  • Iced cornflake special & custard
Thursday
  • Sticky chicken chilli pitta with sour cream
  • Jacket potatoes with tuna mayo

Carbohydrates

  • Vegetable rice
  • Oven baked wedges

Vegetables/salad

  • Vegetable choice of the day
  • Salad selection

Dessert

  • Selection of fruit & yoghurts
  • Tray bake & biscuit selection
  • Bakewell tart & custard
Friday
  • Fish finger wrap with lemon & pepper mayo
  • Beef curry
  • Pizza

Carbohydrates

  • Chips
  • Rice / Naan bread

Vegetables/salad

  • Vegetable choice of the day
  • Salad selection

Dessert

  • Selection of fruit & yoghurts
  • Tray bake & biscuit selection
  • Lemon drizzle & custard
Week two menu
 
Day
Main options
Pudding options
Monday
  • Italian chicken
  • Sausage pasta 
  • Veg curry

Carbohydrates

  • Rice
  • Crusty roll

Vegetables/salad

  • Vegetable choice of the day
  • Salad selection

Dessert

  • Selection of fruit & yoghurts
  • Tray bake & biscuit selection
  • Apple crisp & custard
Tuesday
  • BBQ pulled pork in brioche bun
  • Chicken crumble
  • Roasted veg lasagne

Carbohydrates 

  • Choice of potatoes

Vegetables/salad

  • Vegetable choice of the day
  • Salad selection

Dessert

  • Selection of fruit & yoghurts
  • Tray bake & biscuit selection
  • Macaroon tart & custard
Wednesday
  • Roast chicken & stuffing
  • Fishcakes
  • Quorn fillet & stuffing

Carbohydrates

  • Choice of potatoes

Vegetables/salad

  • Vegetable choice of the day
  • Salad selection

Dessert

  • Selection of fruit & yoghurts
  • Tray bake & biscuit selection
  • St clements sponge & custard
Thursday
  • Pasta bolognaise
  • Hawaiian pizza
  • Mushroom carbonarra

Carbohydrates

  • Rice  
  • Oven potato wedges

Vegetables/salad

  • Vegetable choice of the day
  • Salad selection

Dessert

  • Selection of fruit & yoghurts
  • Tray bake & biscuit selection
  • Fruit crumble & custard
Friday
  • Fillet of fish with tartar sauce
  • Jacket potato with coronation chicken
  • Cheese and onion roll

Carbohydrates

  • Chips
  • Crusty roll

Vegetables/salad

  • Vegetable choice of the day
  • Salad selection

Dessert

  • Selection of fruit & yoghurts
  • Tray bake & biscuit selection
  • Lemon love cake & custard
Week three menu

The menus can be downloaded as PDFs below:

Primary school lunch menu - Spring/Summer 2019 (pdf 11.7mb opens in new window)

Secondary school lunch menu Spring/Summer 2019 (word 71kb opens in new window)

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’re 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.