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At Heronswood we try to help our children to make healthy food choices while they are at school.  To be a successful learner it is crucial to ensure the right balance of foods are eaten, providing enough energy to maintain concentration, whilst having the required balance of vitamins and minerals to develop a healthy body.  Learning at Heronswood requires energy to keep hearts beating, brains active, and muscles working.


Hot Lunches

Healthy Eating at HeronswoodOur hot lunches are provided by Shire Services who cook the food at a local high school.  Shire Services actively source local suppliers and products, including free range eggs and farm assured produce.  As a school we fully understand the importance of providing children with a balanced, healthy and nutritious dinner each day.


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Each day our children have a choice of cooked dinners which could include shepherd’s pie, oven baked fish fingers, meatballs, sausage lattice etc.

Dinner envelopes need to be sent into school on a Monday morning.  The envelope needs to be clearly labelled with the child’s name, class and the days that meals are required.  Each meal costs £2.30.  Cheques need to be made payable to Shropshire County Council.


From September 2014 the Government are funding a hot meal for every child in Key Stage 1 and the Early Years.  We actively support this strategy and are securing the necessary provision to ensure a healthy, hot meal for all these children.


 Packed Lunches

Children can choose to bring a packed lunch to school.  We encourage packed lunches to be balanced and healthy.  Sweets and chocolate bars are not allowed however small chocolate coated biscuits are considered acceptable as part of a balanced lunch.  

Everyone sits together in the school hall with their friends, whatever their choice of lunch.  Lunch is a sociable and friendly time but we do expect high standards of behaviour and we have extremely high expectations for table manners. 

Healthy Eating at Heronswood

We expect our parents to provide their children with a water bottle which they can use daily in school.  Throughout the day children have access to their water bottles to ensure they are drinking plenty of water.  When children finish all of their water they can then refill their bottles to ensure they have enough to drink.  At lunchtimes, parents can provide a smoothie, a fruit drink or a drink of squash.  



At break time children are encouraged to have a snack.  This snack needs to be healthy and we strongly recommend only sending fruit and vegetables into school with your child.  We try to discourage our children from having unhealthy snacks which include high levels of fat and sugar.


School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme

If your child is aged four to six they are entitled to receive a free piece of fruit or vegetable each school day.  This will provide them with one of their 5 A DAY portions, and the scheme also helps to increase awareness of the importance of eating fruit and vegetables, encouraging healthy eating habits that can be carried into later life. 



Milk is an excellent source of calcium, providing half of a child’s daily calcium requirement.  As well as calcium, milk also contains Vitamin A, Vitamin B, Potassium, Protein and Zinc.

Milk is provided free of charge for children who are under five.  Charging will commence for the term following their 5th birthday.  Children who are registered for free school meals are also entitled to receive free milk.

If you would like your child to have a carton of milk each day then please speak to the school office for an order form.  Milk can be ordered on a termly basis and costs 17p a carton.  This is approximately £10 a term.

 Healthy Eating at Heronswood

Free School Meals


You could be entitled to claim a Free School Meal for your Child!

Each year the Government allocates additional funding to schools so that free school meals can be provided for children who have been registered.  This additional funding is also available to be spent on resources, intervention and staff.  With this in mind, we would ask you to read the following information regarding eligibility for free school meals.  Even if you and your child prefer to have a packed lunch from home, if your child is entitled to receive free school meals we would be grateful if you would complete the 'Free School Meals' form available from the school office or available to download below as it helps our school to receive the additional funding.


Am I entitled?

Free meals are available to any full-time pupil who attends a school and is eligible. This includes nursery children who attend full days.   

You can get free school meals for your child if you or your partner gets either:


  • Income Support

  • Income based Job Seekers Allowance

  • Child Tax Credit only (with a family income of less than £16,190 as assessed by HMRC)

  • National Asylum Seekers Support

  • Guarantee Element of State Pension Credit

  • Employments and Support Allowance - Income Related only

Free School Meal Form – Click Here



Applying for your entitlement of a ‘free school meal’ could help us to secure maximum funding from the Government for the whole school.









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