Common questions

This page provides more information on the following:

  • school milk
  • vegetarian options
  • special diets and allergies
  • portions and 'seconds'
  • bread
  • our ingredients.

School milk

Milk is an important part of a child's diet. It is one of the few drinks allowed in school under the latest government's food-based and nutrient-based standards and provides a number of health benefits and social opportunities to ensure children get the most out of the school day.

The price of milk at primary schools across Nottinghamshire is currently 18p per day.

We are one of only a handful of local councils across the country that still supply free milk for five to seven-year-olds receiving free school meals - a position that we wish to maintain.

The price parents pay for school milk under the new arrangements includes a minimum 3p subsidy per carton from the Rural Payments Agency.

We provide semi-skimmed milk in line with guidance issued by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and the School Food Trust. The FSA says that children should switch from whole to semi-skimmed milk at the age of two, and the School Food Trust also recommends that primary school children should receive semi-skimmed rather than whole milk.

Vegetarian options

Vegetarian options are available on all our menus. Whenever possible it will be an option of the menu item displayed for instance Spaghetti Bolognese will have a Quorn Bolognese option.  There are a number of meat free options available on the menu as a choice. If you wish you child to have a vegetarian choice please let your school office know and they will ensure the school chef is aware.

The school meal menu is displayed on your school/academy’s website, on posters in school.

Special diets and allergies

We aim to ensure all pupils have access to healthy school dinners regardless of any special requirements.

If your child’s diet does not suit our menus due to any food allergies or intolerances, religious or ethical beliefs please let us know so we can make alternative arrangements.

Please complete an EC46 pupil dietary/food allergy request form and return to the school office.

Any allergies and intolerances must be accompanied and supported by medical documentation from the child’s GP or other medical professional.

Portions and 'seconds'

Some children may want bigger portions or 'seconds'. While we are delighted that they have a healthy appetite, the portions served in our schools are measured to ensure that they are equal and that they meet the recommended daily allowances.

Our menus fully comply with food standards on nutrition and portion size. They contain at least two portions of fruit and vegetables per meal and every meal is served with vegetables and/or salad as standard.


Part of the new food standards state that free bread should be made available at lunchtime to ensure children are not left hungry after their dinner. We fully comply with these regulations by making sure a basket of bread is available for children to help themselves from at dinner time. You can visit the School Food Trust website which outlines these standards.

Our ingredients

In Nottinghamshire we are actively trying to reduce our carbon footprint and are proud to be using local and sustainable produce.

  • venison - from Thoresby Park, Sherwood Forest
  • beef - grazed on the banks of the River Trent by Holme Farm in Rampton
  • lamb - from the Peak District
  • turkey - farm assured, cage free from Lincs Turkey Ltd in Grainthorpe, Louth
  • pork - local and rare breed from Hockerwood Farm in Upton
  • eggs - free range from Fieldson Farm Eggs in Lincolnshire
  • vegetables - fresh and seasonal, grown locally where possible, from Country Fresh Foods in Sheffield
  • fish - sourced from sustainable stocks and carries the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) accreditation
  • organic bouillon - sourced from Major International is used in all our pasta, pie and casserole dishes
  • organic soya milk - to cater for medical or dietary requirements.

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