Since September 2014, significant changes have taken place linked to 'school food': cooking is back on the curriculum, every pupil in Foundation Stage, Yr 1 and Yr 2 is eligible for free school meals and new food standards have now been introduced. By following these, we can be sure that our pupils will get the nutrition they need across the whole school day. These initiatives are just three of the 16 actions in the 'School Food Plan', which aims to transform what children eat in schools and how they learn about food (see www.schoolfoodplan.com).
Good food and good food culture has been shown to lead not only to healthier, happier and more fulfilled children, but also to improved educational attainment. Evidence suggests that those children who eat more healthily also perform better academically. Schools in pilot studies have also reported improved behaviour and atmosphere as a result of all pupils eating together every day.
At Braybrook Primary Academy, we believe that the school lunchtime is a great opportunity for all of our children to sit down together and enjoy a healthy and tasty meal, whilst also developing their social skills. Our menus are frequently revised and published on our website, to help you to better support your child in making good choices.
Should you think that you MAY be eligible for Free School Meals, please enquire for more details at the office. It is important that we continue to register all pupils who attract pupil premium, which is worth £1,320 a year per pupil for our school. This funding is used to better support learning opportunities, to give targeted support and intervention when necessary and, on occasions, to subsidise trips and activities throughout the school year which will benefit your child on their journey through our school.