Brecknock has ‘Healthy School Status’ and as such we promote a healthy eating lifestyle in school. We have a separate dining room from the main building where we offer hot meals for lunch which are cooked on the premises by our fabulous chef Steve and his team (meat and vegetarian options). Caterlink is the company with the contract.
Free School Meals
If you are eligible for free school meals you must register with Camden. Free School Meals application forms are available from the office or by downloading by clicking here. They need to be sent to Camden’s Benefits Service, or alternatively the office can send them via the internal courier. You can also apply online via the Camden website. Click here for information on eligibility for free school meals or to make an online application. Many of the funding formulas for working out how much money schools receive from the government and local authority are partly decided by the number of children eligible for free school meals, so even if you do not plan to use the free meal, it is really important if you are eligible that you register so the school gets the funding it is due to support the teaching and learning of the children.
Payment for School Meals
We appreciate payment in advance, either weekly, half-termly, or termly. However, we are always willing to negotiate other arrangements if this would be problematic for you. Current price is £2.25 per day or £11.25 per week
Menus provided by Caterlink change weekly. We are given a terms menus at a time. These can be found at the bottom of this page. Every day there is a meat and vegetarian option for the children.
There is also space in the dining hall for children to eat a packed lunch if you prefer that your child brings lunch from home. Like our school dinner menu, we encourage healthy eating. We ask that all packed lunches be based on the School Food Trust’s food based standards for packed lunches which encourages the following:
- Fruit and Vegetables: at least one portion of fruit and one portion of vegetables (seasonal if possible)
- Protein: meat, fish, egg or other source of non-dairy protein (e.g. lentils, kidney beans, chickpeas, hummus and dhal)
- Oily fish: such as tinned or fresh mackerel, sardines and salmon, and tuna
- Carbohydrate: starchy food such as bread, pasta, rice, couscous, noodles, potatoes, chapattis and roti.
- Dairy: food such as milk, cheese, yoghurt, fromage frais, or calcium fortified soya products, reduced fat versions of these should be used where possible
- Drinks: water, pure fruit juice (no added sugar), semi-skimmed or skimmed milk, reduced fat and sugar yoghurt or milk drinks and smoothies.
- Fruit based pudding such as fruit salad, tinned fruit with yoghurt or custard, fruity rice pudding, fruit smoothies, fruit based crumble
Packed lunches should not include any of the following:
- Fizzy/sugary drinks in cartons, bottles or cans (including diet drinks and energy drinks which can contain high levels of caffeine and other additives which are not suitable for children)
- Confectionery such as chocolate bars, chocolate-coated biscuits and sweets
For more information, please click here to see our Packed Lunch Policy.
Changing meal types
Meal changes – school dinners to packed lunch or vice versa – must be reported to the office and a form needs to be completed. Changes ideally should be done at the beginning of any half-term.