Our catering partner, abm
Our on-site catering provider, abm, offers our children a new and exciting menu here at Echelford using their extensive experience of providing high quality, fresh, nutritious and tasty food for school children.
A variety of choices for our children
Children are able to choose from four options each day including a hot meal such as roast chicken with roast potatoes and gravy, a vegetarian option such as savoury veggie mince with mashed potato, a deli option which will include self-serve platters of sandwiches with a variety of fillings along with a salad bar and fruit and a Jacket potato option with a daily selection of fillings. Wholemeal bread, seasonal fresh vegetables, fresh salad, yoghurts and fruit will also be available daily. A fresh daily dessert will also be available. A rolling three week menu rota is in place which is attached at the bottom of this webpage and run as follows –
Spring Term 2018
Menu 1: weeks beginning 1st January, 22nd January, 19th February, 12th March
Menu 2: weeks beginning 8th January, 29th January, 26th February, 19th March
Menu 3: weeks beginning 15th January, 5th February, 5th March, 26th March
Summer Term 2018
Menu 1: weeks beginning 16th April, 7th May, 4th June, 16th July
Menu 2: weeks beginning 23rd April, 14th May, 11th June, 2nd July
Menu 3: weeks beginning 30th April, 21st May, 18th June, 9th July
If you would like to change your child's meal preference from/to school meals and packed lunch, please click here to complete our online form.
How does it work?
Children in all Year groups choose their meal option each morning in class with younger children receiving support from their class teacher including visual prompts and easy to understand descriptions of each food choice on offer. We have found that children, even in the youngest year groups, are remarkably self-sufficient and actually thrive when given a degree of responsibility and autonomy for their choices.
Shortly before going to lunch each child will be given a colour coded wrist band so that our kitchen staff can be sure each child is receiving the meal option they chose as well as accommodating special dietary requirements where appropriate.
How much does it cost?
All children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are entitled to a Universal Free School Meal and there is no cost for them to take a meal. For children in Years 3-6 the cost of the school meal is £2.25 per day or £11.25 weekly. Payment should be made online via your child’s personalised Wisepay account which is provided to each parent when their child joins Echelford. Cash may be accepted in exceptional circumstances, please contact the school office if you would like to use this method of payment.
You can log on to Wisepay by clicking on this link -
Free school meals are available to the children of families in receipt of particular support payments. If you think you may be eligible for free school meals, please speak to the school office who can help with information and applications.
Special Menu Days
Throughout the year specially themed menu days are held which introduce an exciting new food offering to the children. All children, including those who normally bring a packed lunch, are given the opporunity to come together to enjoy a set two course lunch which have proven in the past to be a popular event in the Echelford calendar.
Our upcoming themed special menu day is -
Summer BBQ - Thursday 12th July
Further details will be sent out to all parents and carers nearer the applicable date.
What if my child would prefer a packed lunch?
To support our children with various nut allergies, we are a nut-free school and we also ask that you support us in helping your child to make healthy choices and keep sweets, chocolates, crisps etc down to a minimum. In this context we also ask that the children only bring low-sugar squash, juice, milk or water in their lunchboxes. For obvious reasons please do not send your child to school with thermos flasks, glass bottles or anything which easily breaks.