School and academy catering - special dietary requirements
We are committed to providing information and options for those children who have special dietary requirements.
The Children’s and Families Act 2014 states that all state-funded schools in England, including academies and free schools, must make arrangements for supporting children with medical conditions to discuss their specific nutritional needs and allergies.
We label all of our food in accordance with the EU Food Information for Consumers Regulation (EU FIC). All of the 14 allergens that are on the regulatory list are labelled and this includes milk and cereals containing gluten, namely wheat. This enables parents of children with a dairy intolerance, Coeliac disease or a gluten sensitivity to make informed choices about our meals.
How it works
The Catering Team Leader will work with the parent and pupil to work out if there are any items from the existing menu that the child would not be able to eat, so that an eating plan can be put into place with the school. If the child's needs are more complex, our Food Development team will obtain the relevant medical and dietary information to devise new menu plan, to enable the child to enjoy a school meal along with other pupils.
Our contact information is provided to the school and parent so that they can discuss the child’s requirements at any time if they have any further concerns or the needs of the child change.
The halal meals we serve are produced in our dedicated halal kitchen based at Forest Fields School. Our experienced Cook Supervisor at this facility produces a range of meals, using high quality halal meat from reputable suppliers. The meals are then frozen in foil trays using a blast chiller and distributed to schools across the city.
All of our menus provide at least one vegetarian option. We work with the School Councils to develop the menus and will be happy to include more vegetarian options if this is requested by a majority of the pupils and their parents.