School Meals and Fruit



We are proud to work with Chartwells Schools for your children’s school dinners. Chartwells believe that the key to fuelling young minds comes from understanding both what they need and what they enjoy, which is why they develop nutritious and delicious food that pupils love, alongside helping to ensure a healthy body and mind. Their passionate chefs work closely with us to ensure every child receives a nutritionally balanced meal at school, perfectly suited to meet their needs and dietary requirements.

They create menus that are delicious, seasonal and healthy, using carefully selected ingredients, helping to reduce waste and build a more sustainable world for our future generations.

Chartwells Schools dedicates time and resources to education surrounding mental and physical wellbeing, including nutrition and food habits, to encourage our pupils to engage with, learn, and enjoy food while developing crucial social skills. Chartwells’ Food Super Heroes make food education fun, whatever the age, and their tasty theme days encourage children to make the most of their school meal.

To find out more about Chartwells, visit their website or contact the school catering team.


Medical Diets

We know that feeding children with food allergies or intolerance can cause a lot of anxiety for both parents and schools. That’s why Chartwells have implemented a market-leading allergens process, and make sure every step is taken to ensure that our students can enjoy school meals safely with their friends.

More information on their medical diet process can be found here.


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Children who have a school lunch select their choice of meal every morning. They click on their name each morning on the whiteboard and select from four meal choices.
There are four options displayed to choose from. 
If your child has allergies or special dietary requirements which have been submitted to Chartwells (on their official forms), then when they click on their name, the pre-arranged meal options will be displayed just for them. 

Lunchtime Staff

School meals are prepared freshly in the school’s kitchen by Mrs Ivanova and Mrs Cairns. 

Teaching Assistant:

Miss Wilson

Lunchtime Supervisor:

Miss Hughes

Lunchtime Supervisor:

Mr Winter

Lunchtime Supervisor:

Miss Patterson

School Cook:

Mrs Ivanova

School Cook's Assistant:

Mrs Cairns



All payments are made via ParentPay. The cost for a school meal is £2.50 per day or £12.50 per week. 

Children in Reception and Key Stage 1 classes are all entitled to Free School Meals under the Government initiative which commenced in September 2014. Parents do not have to pay for the meals and it is an ideal opportunity to take advantage of a tasty hot meal at school.


Packed Lunches

If you prefer your child may have a packed lunch. We ask that you ensure packed lunches are healthy and well balanced as we do encourage healthy eating at school.


Please note that we are a nut free school, thank you. 


Policy for Packed Lunches, at School and on Educational Visits

At Laurel Avenue Primary, we are committed to working towards making sure that Packed Lunches follow the same principles as all other food provided in school, which is now regulated by law.

Packed Lunch Policy


Our aims are:

To contribute to children’s health and well being

To educate children about healthy life choices

To ensure that all packed lunches brought from home and eaten at school (or on educational visits) provide the child with healthy and nutritious food that is similar to midday meals served in schools, which is now regulated by national standards

 We appreciate your cooperation in this matter. Thank you.


Fruit for Schools Initiative

All children in the Early Years and Key Stage 1, receive a free piece of fruit or vegetable for a snack at playtime as part of the Government’s scheme to promote healthy eating.


Special diets and allergies

The school recognises that some pupils may need special diets for medical reasons that do not allow the standards to be met exactly. In this case parents are asked to be responsible in making sure that packed lunches are as healthy as possible. For these reasons pupils are not allowed to swap items.

Parents should let the class teacher or Ms Davison know of any issues connected with their child’s diet. Consultation can be arranged with the school nurse if needed.