School Meals & Healthy Eating
School meals are prepared freshly in the school kitchen by Edward and Ward. The children enjoy a variety of healthy meals including a vegetarian option, salads and fruit each day.
Please click on the link below to see the latest school menus.
Edward and Ward Menu Autumn / Winter 2017
We encourage parents and carers to pay weekly, per half term or termly. The cost for a school meal is £2.00 per day or £10 per week.
Payments can be made online using SIMS agora:
Each child has a unique reference number and you will need this to access your child's account. The school office will be happy to help if you do not have your child's number or if you need assitance when paying online.
Special Dietary Requirements
At Edwards and Ward, school menus are designed to cater for the majority of the school population by offering a variety of foods in a range of dishes including vegetarian options. We do however, acknowledge that some pupils may have special dietary requirements and menus may need to be adapted to suit those needs. For the purpose of the document, the term “special diet” refers to any medically prescribed diet including food allergies.
Edwards and Ward school kitchens and recipes are free from tree nuts and peanuts. We would advise you to inform us if your child is allergic to nuts/ peanuts however, no menu adaptions will be necessary.
Dietary needs due to religious or personal beliefs or food preferences, e.g. veganism should not be recorded on the form. We cannot make menu adaptations for special diets other than those that have been medically prescribed.
The following information explains the process by which Edwards and Ward are able to cater for pupils with special dietary requirements. The process is primarily designed to safeguard children with medical conditions whilst supporting the catering staff involved in the preparation and service of the meal(s).
1. Please complete all relevant sections of the attached form fully and return with the supporting documentation from the child’s GP, dietician or paediatrician to the address provided.
In line with Allergy UK guidelines and advice from NHS, and the British Dietetic Association results from unregulated and medically unproven food allergy tests will not be accepted as evidence of food allergy –
Please note any form received without supporting evidence will not be processed.
2. On receipt of the completed form, our Special Diets team will work with the Company Nutritionist and will, where necessary, devise an adapted menu. The school catering manager will be provided with this menu and all the relevant information regarding your child’s special dietary requirements.
If your child’s special dietary requirements are particularly complex we may contact you for further information and guidance to ensure how we best meet their requirements. You will be provided with a copy your child’s adapted menu for each menu change.
Please click on this link to complete your Special Diet Form.
Free School Meals for Pupils in Reception and Key Stage 1
Children in Reception and Key Stage 1 classes are all entitled to Free School Meals under the Government initiative which commenced in September 2014. Parents do not have to pay for the meals and it is an ideal opportunity to take advantage of a tasty hot meal at school.
Free School Meals and the Pupil Premium Grant
If any parents think their children may be entitled to free school meals please contact the school office for further details. Even if your child is in Recpetion class, Key Stage 1 and having a school meal free or your child is in Nursery or Key Stage 2 and does not wish to take school meals, it is still important for school to know you might be eligible for free school meals - to enable the school to apply for extra funding for the school known as 'Pupil Premium'. Further information on Pupil Premium is available in the 'About Us' section of this website.
The London Grid for Learning (LGfL) have a website where parents can quickly and easily check eligibity for free school meals.
If you prefer, your child may have a packed lunch. We ask that you ensure packed lunches are healthy and well balanced as we do encourage healthy eating at school. The school is also a nut free school. Therefore we ask you to check carefully and avoid nut products, sweets, chocolates and fizzy drinks. Please ensure drinks are in a non-breakable container.
We are happy for you to change your child’s lunch choices at the beginning of each half term. Please let the school office know in advance.
Fruit for Schools Initiative:
All children in the Early Years and Key Stage 1, receive a free piece of fruit or vegetable for snack at playtime as part of the Government’s scheme to promote healthy eating. Please let us know if your child has any allergies to any particular types of fruit.
Unfortunately children in Key Stage 2 do not receive free fruit or vegetables, so they may wish to bring a snack to school each day. Please send fruit, peeled vegetables or dried fruit. Please do not send biscuits, chocolate, sweets, crisps, nuts etc.