School dinners

We have a fully functioning kitchen on our school site, where the children are served by Edwards and Wards catering staff.

The lunch menu is available in advance on ParentPay, and the cost of a meal is £2.70 per day or 13.50 per week. Payment is required in advance and bookings be made up to the night before the lunch is required or further in advance.

Children in Reception up to Year 2 receive free school meals through the government policy Universal Free School Meals (UFSM) so bookings can be made in the same way, but no payment is necessary.

Packed lunches

If your child is having packed lunches, please ensure that their lunchbox is clearly labelled with their name and class. Remember to pack teaspoons for yoghurt, etc as dining room staff cannot look after these individual needs. Any packaging from a child’s packed lunch will be returned home and not thrown away at school. During the summer terms, when weather permits, children taking packed lunches can eat outside on a rota basis, in year groups.

Snacks and drinks

Children may bring in a piece of fruit to eat during break time. For children in Reception up to Year 2  a piece of fruit or vegetable is provided free as part of the government’s School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme.

Children are encouraged to bring water to school, to drink during the day. There are also water fountains around the school, including in the playground, to supplement the children’s own supplies. Still drinks other than water may be brought as part of a packed lunch but must be in unbreakable containers (no cans, bottles or flasks with glass liners please). Please do not send children with fizzy drinks.

Milk is provided free of charge to children under five. Parents who wish their children to have milk after this are able to order milk for their children to drink at break time. Details can be obtained from the school office.

Allergies

Nuts including sesame or sweets must not be provided as part of a meal, snack or for consumption at any other time during the day. There are children attending school for whom contact with nut; nut-based or strawberry products would cause a serious allergic reaction. The only occasion when sweets are permitted is as a class treat brought from home on a child’s birthday, when they are distributed at the end of the school day.

Healthy Schools

St Stephen' s was last awarded The Healthy Schools Certificate in 2016.   The Healthy Schools programme is a joint initiative between the Department for Education and Department of Health to promote a whole school/whole child approach to health. It has been tailored and improved so that it meets the health priorities and needs of children and young people in Bath and North East Somerset.

More information can be found at: https://www.healthyschools.org.uk/

Aqua Aid

We at St Stephen's are aware that keeping our staff members hydrated will aid them to perform at their very best throughout the work day. As a result, we decided to invest in water coolers from AquAid – our unique relationship with AquAid has also given our company the opportunity to help those less fortunate than ourselves. Our decision to install a water cooler from AquAid means that for each one of the machines that we have, we have donated £20 per year per cooler to The Africa Trust.