School meals

Chef Sophie, at Ashlyns’ ‘Writtle Chef of the Year’ competition.

From September 2014 all infant school children are entitled to receive a free school meal. Our school meals are ordered a week in advance using ParentMail. Our caterer, Ashlyns, provides 3 choices of main course (except on Wednesday’s roast dinner day, when the jacket potato option is not available) plus dessert.



You can call Ashlyns on 01277 890821, or visit Ashlyns’ website to find out more about their school catering.

Packed lunches

LunchboxesYour child may, if they prefer, bring a packed lunch to school. This should be a nutritious meal which provides them with the energy they need for afternoon lessons e.g. a filled sandwich / roll, a piece of fruit, a cereal bar etc. (no sweets or fizzy drinks please). Water is always provided for those children who do not bring a drink. As some pupils have severe allergies we ask that no nuts, peanut butter or eggs (e.g. boiled eggs / egg mayonnaise) are included in a child’s lunch.

Lunch time arrangements

If your child goes home at lunch time, or is coming in for the afternoon session, they should return to school by 12.50 pm (Foundation Stage) or 1.10 pm (Years 1 & 2).

Snacks at break times

The children may bring a small portion of fresh fruit / vegetables or dried / flaked fruit every day. It is important that the snack is not a substitute for breakfast. Due to the long day it is extremely important that the children try to have a drink and something to eat before coming to school each day.

Salad bar

Salad bar

Fruit and vegetable scheme

All children receive a free piece of fruit or vegetable each afternoon, as part of a government scheme to encourage healthy eating.

Access to drinking water

We are mindful of the need for young children to have access to drinking water, particularly on warm days and after physical activity. Therefore, the children should bring to school a named plastic bottle of still, plain water to keep in the classroom. This is in addition to the drink the children might bring as part of a packed lunch. The children also have access to 3 drinking water fountains in school – especially important for those children who do not bring a drink.

  • This week’s menu: week 1

    MONDAY
    Meat/fish: All day breakfast
    Veg: All day vegetarian breakfast
    Sides: Hash browns, baked beans
    Dessert: Shortbread
    TUESDAY
    Meat/fish: Beef bolognese
    Veg: Vegetable & lentil bolognese
    Sides: Tricolour pasta spirals, broccoli
    Dessert: Chocolate brownie
    WEDNESDAY
    Meat/fish: Roast gammon & pineapple
    Veg: Caramelised onion, mozzarella & cherry tomato tart
    Sides: New potatoes, seasonal vegetables
    Dessert: Jelly
    THURSDAY
    Meat/fish: BBQ chicken thigh
    Veg: BBQ Quorn fillet
    Sides: Turmeric rice, green beans, sweetcorn
    Dessert: Marble cake & custard
    FRIDAY
    Meat/fish: Battered fillet of cod
    Veg: Spinach & ricotta omelette
    Sides: Oven chips, garden peas
    Dessert: Cornflake tart
    Available daily:
    Salad bar
    Freshly baked bread
    Jacket potato with filling (except Wednesday)
    Freshly cut fruit
    Organic yoghurt
    Fresh water/milk

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