At Summercroft, we have a Pupil’s Choice menu. At registration, the children choose from a main meal, or a jacket potato. The menu is on a three week rota and changes twice a year. Children may choose to have a school lunch some days and bring in a packed lunch from home on others, but no longer need to keep to a set pattern. The meals are prepared in the school kitchen by well-qualified staff under the organisation of Hertfordshire Catering who are contracted by the County for their services (www.hcl.co.uk). The emphasis is on good, nutritious food. Children are encouraged to eat the food they ask for as a sign of good manners to the cook.
Meals for KS2 and Nursery children are available at a cost of £2.70 per day. You can pay for these online through the School Gateway and we ask that you keep your school meal balance in credit. If the debt is not paid off by the end of the half-term, we will no longer be able to offer a school meal.
We are excited to announce the introduction of our new School Meal Ordering system – School Grid which goes live on Monday 11th January 2021. One parent for each child should have received an email with the login details for the system. Please ensure that you login so that you will be ready for the 11th January. In the meantime, please find attached a leaflet giving you a brief introduction to the system. We are looking forward to this change which we think will make your lives easier and streamline school meal times for your children too!
Universal Free School Meals
As part of the Government’s Universal Infant Free School Meal programme, a free hot lunch will be provided for those children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2, that wish to have one. Those children not wishing to have a school meal may bring a packed lunch from home.
Allergies and Intollerances
If a child has a special meal requirement, for example a food allergy, we will do our best to accommodate, but it is very important that we get a special menu in place before that child starts to have a school meal. Applications for a special menu should be made through the Herts Catering website: https://hcl.co.uk/allergy-overview.
Home Packed Lunches/Snacks
Children in KS2 can bring a healthy snack from home to eat during morning break time. Children in KS1 and Early Years are given a piece of fruit or salad vegetable at snack time.
Any drinks should be brought in named watertight containers but should not be fizzy or in glass bottles. No foods containing nuts can be brought into school as we have several children and staff who have a nut allergy, this includes Nutella, museli bars, cakes containing nuts, etc. Please ensure all lunchboxes and water bottles are clearly named.