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Stanground Academy


The Stanground Academy Food Policy

Food and drink provision throughout the Academy day

At the Stanground Academy we provide a high quality catering service to students and staff, offering a balanced and healthy choice of food.

For many students, lunch is the main meal of their day. Meal times should be relaxed and fun whilst also providing all the ingredients necessary to assist with pupils' concentration and learning.

At the Academy, we prefer to manage the catering provision ourselves, giving us more control and choice over the food we offer. We operate a rolling three-week menu, to ensure a wide variety.

National nutritional standards for school lunches

Food prepared by the Academy catering team meets the national standards for school lunches ( and our SNAG (School Nutrition Action Group) is involved in suggesting changes in the menu.


At break time, our students are offered a range of healthy snacks and sandwiches, containing fresh fillings prepared by the Academy catering team. A selection of fresh fruit is also available every day. Drinks on offer include still water and no added sugar fruit juices.

Drinking water

The Academy provides a free supply of drinking water at break and lunch times.

What can your child expect to eat at breaktime?

  • Bacon Roll: £0.75
  • Pizza 'Bagel' Slice: £0.65
  • Buttered Toast: £0.15 (Vegan butter used)
  • Buttered Bagel: £0.35 (Vegan butter used)
  • Hash Brown: £0.40

What can your child expect to eat at lunchtime?

  • Meal Deal: £2.50 (Hot main OR cold sandwich with EITHER a drink/dessert)
  • 1 Drink: £0.70
  • 1 Dessert: £0.70
  • Main Course Dish (Hot): £2.00 (Examples: jacket potato, pasta pot)


Free School Meals

Free School Meals pupils are entitled to 1 meal per day. If they want a meal deal at lunchtime, they cannot have a breaktime item unless their own money is put in the account. 

If your child gets a breaktime item with their free school meal money, they will NOT be able to get a lunchtime meal deal unless they have their own money. 

Find our menus for Summer 2024 attached below!
Food and drink brought into the Academy


The Academy discourages the consumption of snacks that are both high in fat and sugar at break time. We offer a variety of choices in our canteen during break and lunch. Examples of these can be found listed above. 

Packed lunches brought to the Academy by students

We encourage parents and carers to provide their children with packed lunches that adhere to national standards. This is achieved by promoting healthy packed lunch options using the principles of the Balance of Good Health.


Special Dietary Requirements

Special diets for religious and ethnic groups

The Academy provides food in accordance with pupils' religious beliefs and cultural practices.

Vegetarians and vegans

The Academy caterers offer a vegetarian option for lunch every day. When necessary the Academy will also offer a vegan option.

Food allergy and food intolerance

Individual care plans are created for students with food allergies. These document symptoms and adverse reactions, actions to be taken in an emergency, and emergency contact details. The Academy caterers are made aware of any food allergies or food intolerance and requests for special diets are submitted through an agreed process.


Food safety

Appropriate food safety precautions are taken when food is prepared and stored. These vary depending on the food on offer and include:

  • Ensuring adequate storage and washing facilities are available
  • Making sure that refrigerators are used when necessary
  • Ensuring that food handlers undergo appropriate food hygiene training
  • Ensuring suitable equipment and protective clothing are available

Any food hazards are identified and controlled. We consult our local Environmental Health Department about legal requirements where necessary.