Free school meals for all Infants Click to get info
All children in reception, year 1 and year 2 in state-funded schools in England are eligible for free school meals. This includes infant pupils in:
- Maintained infant and primary schools
- Free schools
- Schools for pupils with special educational needs
- Pupil referral units.
This could save you up to £400 per year per child!
See our free school meals page for more information and how to apply
School food standards Click to get info
What's on the menu? Click to get info
We ensure there is an excellent, wide variety of tasty school lunches throughout the week, including vegetarian dishes, so there is sure to be something for everyone's taste. Our lunches consist of a main course and dessert made fresh on the premises each day, with seasonal fresh fruit and vegetables and freshly baked bread.
Enjoy unlimited vegetables and salad items as part of the main meal. Helping children and young people to get their 5-a-day!
Waltham Forest Catering provide school lunches to all of Waltham Forest's primary schools except Mission Grove Primary, Hillyfield Primary Academy, Buxton School (Primary phase), St Patricks RC Primary, Davies Lane Primary, Mayville Primary, The Woodside & Annexe, Acacia Nursery, Church Hill Nursery and Low Hall Nursery.
Download the Gold Standard primary Summer 2018 menu (2MB Word File)
Download the School Meals Newsletter (1.24MB PDF document)
Waltham Forest Catering provides school lunches to:
- Connaught School for Girls
- Leytonstone School
- George Mitchell Secondary Phase School
- Norlington School for Boys
- Willowfield Humanities College.
Download an example of our Silver Standard secondary school autumn 2017-18 menu:
Menu allergen information Click to get info
EU regulation requires food businesses to provide allergen information for non-prepackaged foods. Allergen information about dishes on our school menus is available to download and also at the school.
If your child has a medically diagnosed allergy, please notify your school so your child's requirements can be discussed with the catering manager and provided where possible.
Download the autumn 2017-18 primary menu allergen information:
Download the example autumn 2017-18 secondary menu allergen information:
Eat and enjoy our school meals with confidence Click to get info
Waltham Forest Catering has been awarded the soil association Gold catering mark for its primary and special school meals, the Silver Catering Mark for its secondary school meals, the Good Egg Award and the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Chain of Custody (sustainable seafood) MSC-C-50678.
What does this mean for your child having school meals?
- We take pride in our fresh cook policy. Over 90% of the dishes on our menu are freshly prepared each day from raw produce
- We only use British free-range eggs
- Seasonal fruit and vegetables are used. We use British, local produce where possible
- All our meat is farm assured; satisfying UK welfare standards and is traceable back to the farm that supplied it. We use organic beef and organic halal (HFA) lamb. Our organic beef is sourced from a collection of organic farms in the UK and our organic halal lamb comes from Rhug Estate Organic Farm in Wales
- The majority of our fish is from certified sustainable sources displaying the MSC logo
- We use organic yoghurts from Yeo Valley Family Farms and organic milk when it's served as part of a dessert
- Meals contain no undesirable food additives, or hydrogenated fats or GM ingredients
- All our cooks make and bake fresh bread daily to serve with meals. Organic flour is used when making our bread, cakes, pastries and pizza bases. Our organic flour is from FWP Matthews in the Cotswolds www.fwpmatthews.co.uk/
So when your child has school meals, you can be assured that your child really is getting quality as well as great value meals.
Waltham Forest Catering Sustainable Fish Policy Click to get info
We are committed to ensuring a sustainable future for our oceans and have signed the Sustainable Fish City pledge to serve only sustainable fish around the following principles:
- Avoid the worst: We have removed endangered species - those rated as 'fish to avoid' by the Marine Conservation Society
- Promoting the best: Wherever possible we serve MSC-certified fish and those rated 'fish to eat'
- Improving the rest: Working to improve the sourcing of our other products
Value for money Click to get info
School lunches offer great variety, great taste, and great value, as well as being healthy and nutritious and cost around £2.20 for a tasty two course meal.
For further information about meal costs and ways to pay, please contact your child's school.
Do you qualify for free school meals? Click to get info
Free school meals are school lunches which are provided each school day to eligible pupils at no charge. For information on whether your child is eligible and how to apply visit the free school meals page.
By applying for free school meals your school will also gain more funds for your child's education.
Try these recipes at home Click to get info
School meals can help children to eat well at school, but what about at home?
If you are finding it tough to introduce healthy eating at home, try making these simple recipes for your family. These healthy, tasty and nutritious recipes are an example of what can be found on our school meal menu.
Change4Life Click to get info
Waltham Forest Council supports Change4Life. To maintain a healthy weight we need to both eat better and move more. Many families are making changes that will help them live healthier and longer lives.
Eating nutritious school meals every day will help your child achieve a healthy eating habit for the future. Visit the NHS Change4life website for more information.
The Change4Life Pack (1.3MB PDF file) has been designed by NHS Waltham Forest as part of the Change4Life programme.
Our awards Click to get info
The Catering Team's commitment to provide high quality, ethical and sustainable school meals has been recognised through the following awards:
- Soil association Gold catering mark for our Primary menu and Silver for our secondary menu
- Good Egg Award
- Marine Stewardship Council Chain of Custody
More information Click to get info
Help with completing online forms Click to get info
Contact Click to get info
Waltham Forest Catering Service
Chingford E4 6XQ
Telephone: 020 8496 3000