We have responded to parents concerns about the quality and choice of school meals by changing our catering provider. From September 2019, our school meals are provided by Aspens caterers – a well-respected and quality company who were successful in a very competitive tendering process.
At Warden Hill Juniors we believe that children work, play and are happier when they have a healthy diet. All our meals now offer excellent choice, freshness and quality ingredients to fulfil this aim. Meals are prepared by well qualified, helpful and friendly staff to help make lunchtimes an enjoyable and nurturing part of the school day. Aspens offer a great choice of freshly cooked main meals, jacket potatoes, a packed lunch option and a range of deserts which includes fresh fruit, all of which are prepared on site each day. This is now supplemented by an HFA accredited halal option to help parents make informed choices about the children’s lunch.
We have a system whereby children can select their menu choice each morning during registration times based upon a colour coded choice. These details are then passed to the kitchen so everyone can have their own section.
School meals currently cost £2.25 per day
All children eat their lunch in the hall – both school dinners and packed lunches and are looked after by our team of midday supervisors.
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Each child has an electronic account which the parents must 'top up' to pay for the dinners. No cash is accepted by the kitchen for payment of dinners. Parents of new starters will receive a letter from our school kitchen, containing a payment card and details for registration during their child's first week in our school. These will be sent home with the children. The account must be activated for children to be given a school dinner and a payment made on the account before your child can use the school kitchen service. Please be ensured that children will not go hungry during the registration process, meals will be provided and added to your account later. Once the first week has passed you will need to pay before the dinner is issued.
It is advised that you register for your account even if your child has a packed lunch, for those odd occasions where a dinner may be required.
Please do endeavour to keep your child’s account up to date and in credit for school meals as the kitchen are instructed not to allow accounts to go into debt. At least three reminder letters regarding any debts are sent to families when accounts are overdrawn before the kitchen stop providing meals. School will also try to contact parents by our ParentMail system but the onus lies with families to ensure that their account remains in credit.
How does the system work?
As a parent/Guardian, you will be allocated and account for your child and issued with a barcoded letter. If your child receives Universal Infant Free School Meals or Free School Meals, you are still encouraged to register online to keep track of your child's daily meal uptake, though you will not be required to make any payment.
There are various ways to make a payment such as:
If you would like email reminders to make top-up payments please select the tick box to allow use your email address.
Should you wish to discuss any issues please call the school kitchen directly on: 01582 490475 (after 11am), or drop them an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
*NB: Payments made to the the wrong account can not be transferred by our Kitchen Cashier. Please ensure you select the correct option on your child's account to make payment.
Are you entitled to help with the cost of your child's dinner? If you think you may be and would like some support with the online application please contact the school. Miss Caswell will be happy to support you with the computing side of things.
Click here to visit the free school meals page to find out more or start your online application.