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Why Choose A School Meal For Your Child?

There are many reasons why you should choose a school meal for your child.  Children use up a great deal of energy during the school day, they need to concentrate during lessons, let off steam at break times and need to recharge their energy in the afternoon.  A nutritionally balanced school lunch will help your child through the day.
At The Spalding Special Schools Federation we have a wonderful catering team and pride ourselves on making freshly cooked meals on site.  The meals are nutritionally balanced and excellent value for money.  We offer a daily selection of freshly cooked main meals, salads and desserts, fresh fruit or yoghurts.  Our head cook on site nutritionally balances the meals over the course of one week to ensure your child receives a healthy balanced diet whilst in school.

“Fresh and Fantastic” – new menu launched in school!

The Priory School Kitchen has a new Head Cook.

Helen Swanson joined the kitchen team for The Priory and Garth Schools in November.  She came to us from her previous role as a lecturer for 16 years at Peterborough Regional College training their Hospitality and Catering students.  During the past 5 months, Helen and the fantastic catering team in The Priory Kitchen have introduced many exciting and healthy options for pupils and staff alike.

Catering Team 2019

Daran Bland, Executive Head, says, “The delightful smell of home-made bread now wafts through the school building each day.  Pupils are enjoying, and experimenting with new dishes such as Mushroom and Butter Bean Fricassee, Herby Quorn Pasta, Savoury Root Vegetable Crumble and Pork Goulash!”

“In addition to the new and varied menu plan, Helen has created an interesting salad bar, which now includes a variety of salad and vegetable items, pulses and grains.  Helen is adept at “sneaking” veg into meals and recipes to ensure pupils are getting their five a day!”

Helen Swanson, Head Cook, said, “With the children’s needs in mind we have purposefully changed the menu gradually.  We kept some original recipes, tweaking them slightly, and all dishes are now created each day using fresh ingredients.  We have added an exciting new salad bar, and freshly made sauces and pastries.  The pastries are going down well with the pupils, as is the fresh bread.  The pupils and staff have been really enjoying the basil wheels and feta and tomato breads too!”

With general food allergies on the rise, Helen is keen to introduce a Gluten Free range to the menu, having already had success with her Gluten Free Banana Loaf, which is proving a favourite with everyone!

Helen added, “The pupils have been quite forthcoming with feedback about the new menu so we thought it would be a nice idea to send some recipes home to cook themselves.”

Watch out for more news about this coming soon!

In order to view the full list of Allergen contained in our school meals, please follow the link provided below:

Allergen Chart please click here / latest dishes Allergen Chart

Latest Menu: 

3 June - 21 June

The current cost of a school lunch is £2.50 per meal / £12.50 per week.

Free School Meals

To register for Free School Meals please follow the link to the Free School Meal  page on the Lincolnshire County Council website, complete the information required and apply online.

If your child is entitled to Free School Meals you could save approximately £400 per child per year. This is the average amount being spent on packed lunches.
Our school will also benefit as we receive a Pupil Premium of £935 per pupil taking Free School Meals. This will also benefit your child due to Pupil Premium funds providing extra teaching support and school trips for example.