School Lunches

Welcome

We’re Miquill, a small catering business who love food! We take our role as the caterer at St Matthew’s very seriously and want all children to enjoy a fabulous meal each day. All food is freshly prepared each day. We want all children to enjoy a meal. If you’re child has an allergy or special diet requirement we will try our best to accommodate a meal for them.

Our mission

We want to give every child a nutritious meal that fills them up and that they love to eat. We want to give them a food experience that rivals the high street and teaches them about different flavours and cuisines from around the world! Lunchtime is a really important time of the school day — it allows your children to relax and socialise and gives them the energy to get through their afternoon classes. We take pride in making this important part of the day the best it can be.

Our menus

Based on feedback before the school broke up for the summer holiday, we have made some slight changes to the menu to ensure all children are getting the food that they want. Between September and November we are planning to spend more time with the children in preparation for launching our winter menu, where some new dishes will be introduced whilst we will retain the old favourites! 

We source top quality ingredients from regional farmers to make sure everything that goes into our meals is fresh, environmentally friendly and, of course, delicious.

Your child’s health plays a huge role in the way we develop menus and cook our food. We meet the Government’s standards when it comes to food in schools and our menus are analysed to check they are balanced and healthy. We have a commitment to healthy, sustainable meals.

All meat is HMC assured.

WEEK 2 MENU

18th - 21st Oct

Weeks beginning: 18 October

Two seasonal vegetables, a range of salads, fresh bread and a choice of desserts, including dessert of the day, yoghurt and fruit are available daily. Filled jacket potatoes and a freshly-made cold packed lunch option are also available.

Special dietary requirements

If your child has been advised by a GP or other Healthcare Professional to follow a specific medical diet due to allergies or otherwise, please contact our kitchen team to request a meeting to discuss your options. The kitchen email address is: st.matthews@miquillsouth.co.uk

All allergen information relating to our menus is available on request.

Free school meals

The Free School Meals scheme is a fantastic initiative by the Government to ensure that all children are able to eat a delicious, nutritious and filling meal each and every day.

Children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are all entitled to Universal Infant Free School Meals and for pupils in Year 3 and upwards, there is a simple application form if you receive certain benefits. We can provide support through the application process so feel free to get in touch if you have any questions.

Research by the Children’s Food Trust showed that school meals are consistently more nutritious than packed lunches, giving the children who eat them a better foundation for good health.

Learning about healthy eating

All our menus are created to be balanced and healthy. We have a nutritionist who checks our menus to be absolutely sure that we meet this goal. 

However, we know that it’s not enough to just give your children healthy food; we want to also teach them about how to live a healthy lifestyle. We make sure that we talk to and engage with the pupils in our schools to show them how important it is to eat good food. 

We often hold assemblies and talks to do this but we can even organise fun events like smoothie bike days, cooking classes and competitions. Most importantly, we need to stop the stigma that healthy food is bland and boring. Our delicious meals are full of flavour so we’re sure your children will love eating our healthy lunches.

EXAMPLE MENU

WEEK A

Weeks beginning: 4 October

Two seasonal vegetables, a range of salads, fresh bread and a choice of desserts, including dessert of the day, yoghurt and fruit are available daily. Filled jacket potatoes and a freshly-made cold packed lunch option are also available.

EXAMPLE MENU

WEEK B

Weeks beginning: 11 October

Two seasonal vegetables, a range of salads, fresh bread and a choice of desserts, including dessert of the day, yoghurt and fruit are available daily. Filled jacket potatoes and a freshly-made cold packed lunch option are also available.

You can download PDF versions of our current menus to print and stick on your kitchen notice board or fridge door at home so you can easily see what choices to expect each day.

School meals cost £2.30 per day (£11.50 per week). Payment is made through the SCOPAY app. Contact the school office on 01582 723970 or email admin.stmatthews@smps.uk if you do not already have a SCOPAY account.