We want to ensure that all packed lunches brought from home and consumed in school (or on school trips) provide the pupil with healthy and nutritious food that is similar to food served in schools, which is now regulated by national standards.
Our Packed Lunch Policy
The Student Council in collaboration formulated a policy with parents, students, City Catering staff and School Staff. Prior to formulating the policy, all children and parents were consulted. This policy reflects their views and opinions.
- Promote consistency between packed lunches and food provided by schools, which must adhere to national school food standards
- To make a positive contribution to children’s health and Kingsland Academy’s healthy schools status
- To encourage a happier and calmer population of children and young people
Food and drink in packed lunch:
- The school will provide appropriate and attractive facilities for pupils eating packed lunches and ensure that free, fresh drinking water is available at all times.
- The school will work with parents to encourage packed lunches meet the standards which abide by the national standards set by the government.
- Fridge space for packed lunches is not available so during hot weather, it is advisable to bring packed lunches in insulated bags with freezer blocks, to stop the food going off.
- The school will ensure packed lunch and school dinner pupils can eat in the school hall together.
Packed lunches should include:
- At least one portion of fruit and one portion of vegetables.
- Meat, fish, eggs or a non-dairy protein (e.g. lentils, kidney beans, chick peas, houmus, falafel).
- A starchy food such as any type of bread (white or wholegrain rolls, pitta bread or wraps), pasta, rice, couscous, noodles, potatoes or another cereal.
- A dairy food such as milk, cheese, yoghurt, fromage frais or custard.
- A drink of water, fruit juice or smoothie (maximum portion 150ml), milk, yoghurt or another milk drink.
Packed lunches can occasionally include:
- Cakes and biscuits to eat as part of a meal
- Salty snacks such as crisps
Packed lunches should not include:
- Sugary soft drinks and fizzy drinks (even if labelled as sugar-free).
- Confectionery such as chocolate bars and sweets
Assessment, Evaluation and Reviewing:
- Packed lunches will be regularly monitored by the Principal, lunchtime supervisors and, under supervision, members of the Student Council.
- Healthy lunches will be rewarded by stickers which will contribute towards a ‘healthy class of the week’.
- Parents and pupils who do not adhere to the Packed Lunch Policy will receive a leaflet in the lunch box/bag informing and reminding them of the School Policy. If a child regularly brings a packed lunch that does not conform to the policy, then the school will contact the parents to discuss this. Please note: Pupils with special diets due to health issues will be given due consideration.
Special Diets and Allergies
Be aware of nut allergies. The school recognises that some pupils may require special diets that do not allow for the standards to be met exactly. In this case, parents are urged to be responsible in ensuring that packed lunches are as healthy as possible. For these reasons, pupils are not permitted to swap food items.