Children can choose each day either to bring in a well-balanced packed lunch or opt for a school meal. School meals at Sefton Park are provided by Autograph (previously known as Eden Food Services Ltd), and children can choose from meat, vegetarian, halal, or the ever popular salad bar. The salad bar provides a choice of cold meats, eggs, cheese or tuna mayonnaise; and a range of pasta, rice or pulse salads; all served with a wrap or jacket potato, and a selection of salad vegetables.
Here is the latest menu from Autograph:
Children can choose either to bring in a packed lunch or opt for a school meal each day. So if they’re not fond of school meals generally but love Fish Finger Fridays, they can have fish fingers on Friday and bring a packed lunch every other day of the week. Or, if your child loves the hot meals provided by school with the exception of one or two days, they could choose the salad bar on those days instead, or bring in a packed lunch. The possibilities are endless!
We operate a wristband system as a means of identifying each child’s chosen meal (red - meat; green - vegetarian; blue - halal; yellow - salad bar; orange - allergies/special dietary needs; no band - packed lunch), in line with other Bristol primary schools. Children notify the school of their meal choice at morning registration and the wristbands will be distributed to children by our lunchtime supervisors.
Infant-age children (Reception, Y1 and Y2) are covered by the Universal Infant Free School Meals scheme.
The price for a paid meal for Junior children remains £2.25 per day, and can now be paid via the school gateway (minimum payment £11.25) or at the office by cash.
You have the choice of paying up to a month, term or year in advance should you wish to, or ad-hoc amounts in multiples of £2.25. The termly dinner money payments are as follows:
Term 1 - £78.75
Term 2 - £78.75
Term 3 - £56.25
Term 4 - £65.25
Term 5 - £76.50
Term 6 - £78.75
Please drop cash payments into the school office post box, either prior to or on the morning that a school meal is required. Unfortunately, we cannot give a child a school meal if we have not received payment up front, and if this should happen you will receive a phone call requesting that you bring in a packed lunch for your child.
Please note that, where you are paying in cash, you must have the correct money as we are unable to give change. However we can carry forward ‘change’ to future meals so, for example, should you pay with a £5 note for two meals, the remaining £0.50p can be kept and put towards a future meal. Cash must be placed in a money bag with your child’s name, class and meal choice clearly marked. Forms and plastic money bags will be available from the school office.
You may prefer to provide your child with a well-balanced packed lunch. Research shows that approximately half of all school children take a packed lunch to school, and it accounts for a third of the child's daily food intake (Source: Healthylunch.org.uk).
The UK Government recently produced packed lunch guidance in support of the implementation of new school food standards. The guidelines recommend that a packed lunch should include:
For more Government advice on healthier lunches for children, click here.