At Gaynes School we offer food in our canteen at breakfast, break and lunch times. We provide nutritionally balanced food and offer a varied menu. We tailor our menus to the students’ needs and continue to discuss menu options with them. Meals are prepared using fresh ingredients daily. Our three-weekly lunch menu cycle includes:
- A meat or fish option
- Vegetarian choices
- Sandwiches or wraps
- A variety of desserts, both hot and chilled
Our breakfast offer includes a full English breakfast, cereals, fruit and drinks, available from 8:00am until 8:40am.
Morning break allows children to buy healthy snacks, both hot and cold between 10:50am and 11:05am.
At lunchtime we offer a variety of meal deals that incorporate a variety of dishes and can include a drink or dessert of the day. A meal costs £2.00, and a meal deal costs £2.60. Lunch is available from 1:10pm until 1:50pm.
Students use ParentPay to pay for their meals, using biometric finger-scanning when purchasing their meals. More information is available from the Finance Office.
As your child spends much of their time in school, they need nutritious food for long-term good health. A healthy, balanced diet also helps your child learn in the classroom and leads to improved educational outcomes.
According to the World Health Organisation, nearly one-fifth of the world’s children and youth are overweight or obese. In the UK we are seeing a steady increase of overweight children. We need to start raising awareness of this issue when children are young so that they will learn to eat healthy very early on, because habits are set in childhood. They are capable of understanding the effects of food on the body and make smart choices about nutritious foods.
Here at Gaynes we aim to support students making healthy choices. Students on free school meals in Years 7 – 11 are strongly encouraged to take the main meal of the day. Meals are freshly cooked each day using seasonal ingredients offering a varied menu of family favourites along with one-off days where students are encouraged to try something new.
About our Caterers
The catering service at Gaynes is provided by Harrison Catering Services. Since its founding in 1994, Harrison has always been about quality fresh food prepared on-site and served by people who love what they do. Over 100 clients across the UK enjoy a Harrison foodservice, with more than 100,000 meals being served each day by approximately 2,000 staff across more than 270 locations.
Harrison understands that what children eat affects their health and their ability to learn and perform in the classroom. At Gaynes our catering team provides nutritious, balanced meals, and we work to educate the pupils on how to make healthier food choices. Our goal is to instil a love and understanding of fresh, healthy food at a young age that will positively influence them throughout life.
All Harrison staff receive training in how to prepare and serve healthier food through the company’s bespoke Eat Well Live Well© training programme.
Our catering team at Gaynes works with the school council to tailor menus to the tastes and preferences of the pupils. We introduce further interest and excitement to our menus through themed lunches ranging from holidays like Easter and Christmas to cuisines from around the world, tying these into the school curriculum whenever possible.
A new set of regulations comes into force on 25 May 2018 called the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”). This is an important piece of legislation that is designed to provide greater protection for individuals when their personal data is being processed or stored.
In the course of providing school meals to pupils and staff there is a need for the school to share relevant personal data with the caterer, Harrison Catering Services Ltd, including a pupil’s name, class and dietary requirements. This data sharing represents a legitimate interest in terms of the GDPR and we can confirm that Harrison Catering Services is required to comply with the new regulations in the processing of the personal data.