The school is equipped with an excellent kitchen from which the children can receive a set meal every day. This is free to all children in Reception and Key Stage 1 under the Universal Infant Free School Meal initiative, but at a cost of £2.15 for each meal for Key Stage 2. Payment should be made in advance using ParentPay, our online payment system – we do not accept cash/cheques in the school. Payment for school meals can be made for several weeks in advance if so desired.
Give our school meals a try! Aspens are the chosen catering partner for Clevedon Learning Trust primary schools including Mary Elton Primary School from 1st April 2018. We are passionate about serving fresh, high quality and locally sourced ingredients in our meals. We have a team of experienced and creative chefs that keep our menus exciting and tasty for your child to enjoy. Many of the team at Aspens have school children themselves and as parents, we understand how important making the lunch decision is. You want to make sure that they eat at lunchtime, what they have is nutritionally balanced and that it fuels the rest of their learning day.
We operate a three-week menu cycle to work in line with the school terms. We change the menu in September, January and at Easter and we take the feedback from our customers to build our next cycle. Popular dishes remain but we do like to encourage new tastes and dishes and we work hard with the children to help them on their food journey. Our primary offer is fun and colourful and we use our Bubble and Squeak characters to communicate the daily choice. Our menu is varied and well planned to ensure the right balance of colour is present on the counters and we provide taster pots to encourage children to try something they are unsure of.
How we display our food gives the younger students a more grown up dining experience.
NEW pick and mix packed lunch. We understand that some parents may wish to give their child a hot meal for their evening meal and therefore choose to give their child a sandwich for their lunch. We have also been asked by a number of children to offer a sandwich as an option and therefore, launching our Pick and Mix Packed Lunch after the Easter break.
It is also promoted using our Bubble and Squeak characters and operates as a pick and mix menu. Pupils choose a sandwich filling (tuna, cheese or ham), some veggie bites, a home bake and a piece of fruit. This is available every day so if there is something on the menu that your child does not like, let them know they can choose one of our packed lunches instead.
Salad and yoghurt bar
Our salad trolley has a wide range of salad options for them to choose and we encourage them to try some with their meal. We have also recently launched a daily yoghurt bar using homemade yoghurt. We have a range of toppings for the children to add to make it fun for them. They can add chopped fruit, fruit coulis, and raisins, pieces of flapjack or home bakes. This has been well received by the students.
Free school meals
All children that are in reception, year 1 and year 2 are entitled to receive UNIVERSAL FREE SCHOOL MEALS! We think it’s a fantastic idea so please make sure you support this initiative. Not only will you be saving money, but you will also be giving your child a nutritionally balanced meal to fuel their bodies for the rest of their learning day.
Pupils with special dietary requirements
We will be in contact with parents and carers of pupils with special dietary needs.
Recipes to try at home!
Please see attached a recipe sheet for National School Meals Week. This gives actual recipes and methods that were used during 'National School Meals' week in 2016 and are easy to recreate at home. Highlighting all that is freshly prepared, complying with School Food standards and all things great about a ‘School Lunch’.