Healthy Start to the Day at Saint Paul’s
Our Breakfast Club is part of the Saint Paul’s healthy eating initiative, which aims to emphasise the importance of healthy eating and regular exercise to its pupils. The Breakfast Club meets a variety of important needs: it meets children’s health needs by providing a balanced meal at the beginning of the day, it meets educational needs in terms of ensuring children start the school day on time, feeling well-nourished and settled and at the same time it meets the needs of children and their families through the provision of a safe, supervised environment before school starts.
“Research has shown that a successful breakfast club can have a positive impact on attendance and improve concentration levels,” explained Headteacher, Mr Whiteside. “They can see at the club how healthy foods can be used to make enjoyable meals and snacks.”
Mr Whiteside added “The Breakfast Club also helps to develop healthy eating habits in childhood which, it is now widely accepted, positively influence adult eating patterns. A good healthy breakfast provides the best possible start to the day!
The club is popular with our pupils. Such provision helps busy parents juggle their roles and provides a safe, secure and stable environment for their children. We are delighted with the enthusiasm which our pupils have shown. It also has a positive impact on the children’s manners, social skills, attendance, concentration, motivation and classroom performance.”
The Breakfast Club operates between 8.00 and 8.30 am Monday – Friday. After a nutritious breakfast, the children enjoy quiet activities until it is time for them to join one of the pre-school clubs or registration.
What children eat is an important part of their learning experience; health and progress stem from their eating habits which are established in their formative years at school. We believe we have a responsibility to assist with the education process through the provision of healthy, wholesome and enjoyable foods – which also meet the ethnic and where possible the dietary requirements of pupils.
Children who have a balanced meal at lunchtime can concentrate better and are more receptive during afternoon lessons. Also sitting down and eating a meal together helps children develop social and interpersonal skills.
We focus on continual improvement to ensure that they enjoy their lunch time meal as well as providing value for the price of the meal. Active, growing children and young people require plenty of wholesome food and regular meals.
At Saint Paul’s, we believe that we can offer something that will satisfy everyone.
Our school catering service is provided by Taylor Shaw, the school caterer who cater for thousands of secondary school students across the UK.
We believe lunch is an integral part of the school day. When students sit down with friends, they cement relationships, enhance social skills, and replenish both their body and mind.
Our menus are exciting, nutritious, and appealing, served in a supportive environment designed to educate students about how they can make healthy choices to support their wellbeing and improve their ability to focus.
Our menus meet the Government’s School food standards and meet the bronze Food for Life standards. 89% of meals are freshly prepared daily.
Our meal deals include:
Hot Meal Deal – choose from any hot meal, homemade traybake or fruit or carton
Cold Meal Deal – choose from any sandwich or pasta pot, homemade biscuit and carton
Healthy Eating Promotion
Good nutrition choices are vital to students’ health, academic achievement, and wider performance at school. Our Healthy Swaps campaign encourages the uptake of healthier items by providing suggestions for more nutritious options that are readily available.
Keep an eye out for our regular theme days and Pop Ups featuring fantastic flavours for students to try including our Burrito Bar, Kati rolls, Build a Burger, Wrap Bar & Waffle Bar!
At Taylor Shaw, all our colleagues are trained and up to date with allergen procedures and will provide accurate allergen information to your child. We ask that your child speaks to our team if they want to know about specific allergens.
Information about our school lunches – click Parent Welcome Flyer
Price information – click CanteenTariff Poster 2023 24
For more information about the school meals please speak to the Main Office.
Apply for Free School Meals
Your child may be able to get free school meals if you get any of the following:
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- The guaranteed element of Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
- Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
- Universal Credit – if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)
Children who get paid these benefits directly, instead of through a parent or guardian, can also get free school meals.