School lunches are cooked daily on site using fresh ingredients by an outside contractor called Sodexo, who employ both a catering manager and assistants at the school. The children are supervised by Midday Supervisory Assistants who assist them in the hall and organise and lead play activities on the playground and field.
All children at Southbroom Infants are entitled to a free school lunch every day under the Universal Free School Meals Scheme introduced by the Government in September 2014. We would encourage parents of children entitled to benefit related Free School Meals to still claim for Free School Meals as this will entitle your child to benefit from other initiatives and Pupil Premium Funding. Free School Meals application forms are available from the school office.
We have worked with Sodexo to ensure that all our children are offered a cooked meal with a choice including a vegetarian option. We can cater for specific diets such as religious or medical requirements and encourage parents to speak with the catering manager about this. For pupils with food allergies Sodexo ask parents to fill in an allergy request form. Meals are varied, nutritious and attractive to most children. We do not insist that children eat everything on their plate but encourage them to try a little of everything - they often find they like it after all! A highlight of the school year is Christmas lunch when all the staff join the children for lunch in the hall, games on the playground and the wearing of our specially made Christmas hats.
The menu is changed throughout the year to reflect the seasons and is displayed on the Notice Board outside the school office. Currently pupils may choose daily from either the cooked lunch menu or the packed lunch menu below.
You can find out more about Sodexo by clicking on the Welcome to Sodexo link.
Free School Meals
Children in families who receive the benefits detailed below are entitled to Free School Meals (FSMs). If you receive these benefits we’d really like you to register, even if your child has a packed lunch or can have a free meal because of their age.
The school will then receive additional income in the form of the Pupil Premium Grant which your child will benefit from. Your child will also be entitled to free milk at school and our school offers all children on benefit related free school meals some free uniform.