We are very lucky that all of our hot meals are prepared and cooked on site in our school kitchen.
We were delighted that our school kitchen was recently given a hygiene rating of 5 out of 5 when we were inspected by a food safety officer from the local authority. The food safety officer checks how well the school is meeting the law by looking at: how hygienically the food is handled – how it is prepared, cooked, re-heated, cooled and stored as well as how we manage and record what we do to make sure food is safe. At the end of the inspection, we are given one of the six ratings from 0-5. The top rating of ‘5’ means that we were found to have ‘very good’ hygiene standards.
This means that:
Locally sourced, seasonal vegetables accompany our main meals. All vegetables are seasonal with the exception of sweetcorn, peas and baked beans.
Freshly baked bread is available to accompany the main meal. Our bread is made from a blend of locally sourced wholemeal and white flour.
In addition to the main meal, most schools also have a salad bar where children can help themselves to fresh salad and raw vegetables. We believe that this will help children achieve their target of 5 portions of fruit and vegetables every day.
School is thirsty work, so we always ensure that fresh water is available at lunchtime. Some of our dessert options include a glass of fresh, cool milk.