Bingley Grammar School

Our Catering Commitment

School-Food-Standards-GuidanceEarlier this week it was highlighted to us (via a parents comment) that not all families are aware of our commitment to, and compliance with, the School Food Plan which was published by the Department of Education in 2013.

Click the link to read more: http://www.schoolfoodplan.com/the-plan/

So we thought we should clarify a few things relating to our catering provision in school. We hope you find this information useful and reassuring that our students are offered healthy balanced options at lunch and break times.

All our provision is compliant with the School Food Plan, which means our caterers have to follow very strict guidelines in terms of balanced meals and nutritional requirements. Although it is not compulsory for schools to follow these guidelines we feel it is important to do so.

The “fizzy” drinks we sell are actually carbonated water, our pizzas are all low fat/low salt and there are always a variety of options, including vegetarian and halal. There are sandwiches, wraps, ‘wok and bowl’ options (pasta or noodles with different sauces), jacket potatoes, salad boxes and a variety of main meals, plus yogurts and fruit. We don’t sell sweets, and fried foods are strictly limited to once per week.

Please check out our website for details of the various menu options.

Unfortunately not many students now want to sit down and have a main meal; the majority want to “grab and go” in order to be outside with their friends, and this is not helped by the limited time of half an hour available for lunch break. This means that, whilst we have a variety of main meals, we do have to provide more “grab and go” options to satisfy students, although the aim is still for a healthy balanced meal. 

Our restaurant manager, Amanda Stevenson, is always happy to speak to parents about the service and welcomes parents to visit us in school during lunchtime to view the service.

We try to vary the options regularly and we are also happy to receive suggestions for new items to offer. Please contact the restaurant manager with any suggestions on kitchen@bingleygrammar.org.

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