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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!

Helen Swanson joined the kitchen team for The Priory and Garth Schools in November 2018.  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

“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

Allergens Pasta dishes / Puddings & Desserts / Meat dishes

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

Ordering Meals

Latest Menus: 27 September / 4 October / 11 October

From 20 September 2021 we are changing the way pupils and parents order school meals.  Parents should have received information via ParentMail to help set up their accounts and access the online ordering system.


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


The Priory School awarded top food hygiene rating!

The Priory School kitchen has been awarded a 5 star food hygiene rating in the latest inspections by South Holland District Council.

The SHDC's Environmental Health Officer visited The Priory School on Thursday 20th June, unannounced.

The Priory School kitchen prepares over 200 meals daily for The Priory School and The Garth School, and with the new Head Cook joining last April, the entire menu has had a complete overhaul.

Helen Swanson and the fantastic Priory catering team, Sharon Inglis, Marion Perkins, Lyn Ansell and Alison Thomas, have introduced new exciting and healthy options for pupils. These include a new interesting salad bar, with a variety of salad and vegetable items, pulses and grains. The team like to “sneak” veg into meals and recipes to ensure pupils are get their five a day! 

Helen said, "We are a very good team, working very hard together to deliver great meals for the children. We have recently updated our menu and now always create meals each day using fresh ingredients. The pupils and staff are loving the smell of freshly baked bread wafting around the school every day! 

I am very pleased with the rating we have been given by the Environmental Health Officer. This clearly reflects all our hard work."