Packed lunch policy

At Temple Grove Academy we strive to ensure that children adopt a healthy lifestyle.

We aim to ensure that all packed lunches brought from home and consumed in school (or on school trips) provide pupils with healthy and nutritious food that is similar in quality to food served in schools, which is required to meet national standards.

School Setting Packed lunches should include:

  • at least one portion of fruit and one portion of vegetables every day.
  • meat, fish, eggs, or a non-dairy protein (e.g. lentils, kidney beans, chickpeas, houmous, peanut butter, falafel) every day.
  • a starchy food such as any type of bread (white or wholegrain rolls, pitta bread or wraps), pasta, rice, couscous, noodles, potatoes or another cereal every day.
  • a dairy food such as milk, cheese, yoghurt, fromage frais or custard every day.
  • a drink of water. (This also available on each dining table)

 Packed lunches can occasionally include:

  • Meat products such as sausage rolls, individual pies, corned meat and sausages
  • Cakes and biscuits, but encourage your child to eat these as part of a meal

Packed lunches should not include

  • Nuts
  • salty snacks such as crisps – instead seeds, vegetables and fruit with no added salt, sugar or fat.
  • confectionery such as chocolate bars, chocolate-coated biscuits, cereal bars, processed fruit bars and sweets.
  • sugary soft drinks, such as squash and fizzy drinks (even if labelled as ‘sugar-free’, ‘no-added sugar’ or ‘reduced sugar’ as these drinks can contribute to tooth decay and provide little nutritional value).

Where packed lunches are not in line with the packed lunch policy, a leaflet will be included in the packed lunch to go home to advise Parents/carers. If a child regularly brings a packed lunch that does not conform to the policy, the school will contact the parents/carers to discuss this.

We encourage all children to eat school lunches, however parents of pupils wishing to have packed lunches for a particular reason should provide their children with a packed lunch in line with our policy.

The school will use opportunities such as parents’ evenings and healthy living weeks to promote this policy as part of a whole school approach to healthier eating.