School Meals

An important part of our ethos is the provision of hot, fresh, nutritious meals. Sharing tasty, healthy school lunches is an integral part of the educational experience at an Avanti school. It’s also an opportunity to enhance social and communication skills, ensuring lunchtimes are a positive experience for all. School staff often enjoy taking lunch with pupils, creating a family atmosphere.

The Culture of Food

Food is an important part of school culture and the art of cooking is a sacred practise. The preparation and eating of food should be based on principles of compassion, non-violence and balanced living. Lunches provide nourishment and satisfaction to the body and minds of pupils and staff allowing them to feel re-energised for teaching and learning.

Aligned to our ethos and in order to cater to pupils and staff of all backgrounds all food served is vegetarian. Menus and recipes are designed to provide a healthy balance for each meal. Avanti Schools are vegetarian schools. Pupils are not permitted to bring food and drink from outside onto the premises.

Menus are regularly updated and developed based on pupil feedback groups, so that pupils can feel comfortable and satisfied with their daily lunch that is provided.

The lunch meals cooked on-site are vegetarian (in line with the faith ethos of the school) and half-termly menus are also available on the School’s website.

Special Diets

The school is able to cater for a variety of special diets that are required by families due to medical or religious reasons. If the general lunch provision on offer does not meet your child’s needs, or if your child has specific diet requirements/preferences, please do speak to us so that we can provide for your child accordingly.

We encourage parents to visit the school to sample the school lunches in order to satisfy themselves with the quality of provision. Meals can be designed to meet the needs of children with specific allergies.

Free School Meals

What are the new eligibility criteria?

Children are entitled to receive free school meals if they or their parents or guardians receive any of the benefits below.

Your child is eligible for free school meals if you’re in receipt of one of the following benefits:

  • Universal Credit with an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400.
  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guarantee element of Pension Credit
  • Working Tax Credit run-on (paid for the four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
  • Child Tax Credit (with no Working Tax Credit) with an annual income of no more than £16,190

Registering for free meals could also raise an extra £935 for your child’s secondary school, to fund valuable support like extra tuition, additional teaching staff or after school activities.

This additional money is available from central government for every child whose parent is receiving one of the benefits listed above.