Healthy Eating and School Dinners

School Dinners

Herts Catering Limited (HCL) provides our school meals with Miss Gilbert our school Cook leading the team of staff providing healthy and nutritious meals.

The cost of each dinner is £2.55 per day.  Please ensure you have enough credit in your account each week for your child to have their school dinner.  

Please click here to access your Schoolgateway account

School Dinner – Payment Reminder

Please can parents/carers ensure that they keep their son/daughters dinner money account in credit at all times. Payment for school meals must be made in advance. If there is no money on your child’s account you will be contacted by the School Office and asked to either provide a packed lunch or to collect your child and take them home for lunch, returning them for the afternoon session. 

 As you will be aware our preferred method of payment is via the Schoolgateway.  However, should you need to pay by cash please put this in a sealed envelope with your son/ daughter’s name/class clearly marked.

 As a school we do not provide free lunches; it is your parental responsibility to provide food for your child either through paying for a school dinner or providing a packed lunch.

 Free School Meals

The school cannot provide free meals unless you are entitled (and have applied) for Free School Meals via Herts County Council. You can find out more information at:

Registering for free school meals could also raise an extra £1,320 for our school to fund valuable support like extra tuition, additional teaching staff or after school activities.  This additional money is available from central government for every child whose parent is receiving benefits. If you have an annual income of less than £16,190 please get in touch with the school office who will help you find out if you are eligible.  Once in receipt of free school meals there may be other benefits available for you too.


Bagel Breakfasts

A tray of fresh bagels greets children as they arrive in the playground every morning giving opportunity for every child to have access to healthy food before the start of lessons. Children are able to help themselves to a bagel as they arrive and eat it as they chat and play and wait for the school door to open.  As we work in partnership with the National Breakfast Programme we are able to provide bagels free of charge to parents too.

Packed Lunches

You may send your child with a healthy packed lunch option if you prefer. We ask that you avoid sugary/salty snacks and provide reusable plastic containers to keep waste to a minimum.

The lunch should be packed in a suitable container labelled with your child’s name and class. Drinks should not be in cans or glass bottles. Carbonated drinks are not allowed.  

To encourage healthy life-styles, packed lunches should not contain chocolate bars or sweets.  

Many children have allergies and, as such, children are not permitted to share items from their lunch. Woolenwick, along with all Hertfordshire schools are a nut free school.  We ask parents not to include nuts or products containing nuts in their child’s packed lunch as we have a number of children with potentially life-threatening nut allergies.

It is just as important to make sure the lunchbox your child takes to school is  healthy and balanced. This means plenty of foods that contain the nutrients that children need and fewer foods that are high in sugar and saturated fat.  A balanced packed lunch should contain:

Starchy foods – bread, rice, potatoes, pasta and others
Protein foods – meat, fish, eggs, beans and others
A dairy item – cheese or yoghurt
Vegetables or salad and a portion of fruit

Mid-morning Snack

There is an opportunity to purchase milk and/or a mid-morning snack, please speak to your class teacher for further details, thank you.


All children are encouraged to drink plenty of water during the day, therefore, please supply your child with a water bottle with a sports top. This must ONLY contain water, NO juices. If you wish to put pieces of fresh fruit in the water this is acceptable.  The children will be allowed to take drinks of water at appropriate times, but not when it might disrupt the learning of others. Staying hydrated helps children concentrate on their learning.

Curriculum, Teaching and Learning

Our children are given the opportunity to taste, touch, smell and feel a variety of foods.

Multicultural aspects of food are explored and linked with school meal theme days.

Teachers link healthy eating/food to all areas of the curriculum.

Parental Involvement

Information about school catering is available at parent evenings, school newsletters etc.  Feedback from parents is always welcome.