Parkwood Hall School has long recognised the importance of a healthy diet for all students, and especially for those with special educational needs.
Here at Parkwood Hall we recognise the importance of a healthy and well balanced diet for all of our students.
The Catering Manager and team work hard to ensure that meals are balanced and interesting, encouraging those students with restricted diets to become more adventurous. The menu throughout the weeks are a mix of modern day family favourites and a variety of dishes from around the world and on our highstreets. This gives our students a sense of familiarity but also educates them on where the food is from, respecting religions, dietary preferences and those with restricted diets. We as a school try to ensure all meals are as inclusive as possible.
Meal times are a very important aspect of social communication and interaction, and the dining room is carefully organised to facilitate this. Supervision levels in the dining room are high, with 1 to 1 support available to those students who need it.
The cost of meals are included in the fees recouped from local authorities. We do not allow day students to bring in packed lunches due to allergies and the safety of others. We request that parents of students with specific dietary requirements submit this information in advance in their pre-admission paperwork, and any dietary changes be sent to the school via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, this will ensure our records are kept as up to date as possible. The catering team are always happy to receive assistance from parents requiring specialist items.
Please note we are a nut free school, therefore no nuts, peanuts or tree nuts are permitted in to the school and we ask parents and carers to support us with this.
People who suffer from nut allergies can develop a severe, potentially life-threatening allergic reaction.
If someone has a nut allergy it is not just eating nuts that can cause a severe reaction, just being touched on the skin or smelling the breath of someone who has had nuts or a product containing nuts can trigger an allergic reaction which can cause breathing and swallowing difficulties.
Nursing staff in the school are trained to use Epi-pens (an injection of adrenalin) which are required immediately if this happens.
Our catering team are trained in Health & Safety, Hygiene, Allergens and dysphagia.
The catering department are keen to support the need to reduce our carbon footprint. Changes have already been implemented throughout the school such as plant based cutlery and takeaway boxes, these items compost down when they are disposed of, our milk arrives in carbon neutral containers, and we no longer provide plastic water bottles but have instead introduced water stations.
Our food waste is collected weekly by 'Olleco' and they then use this to generate electricity. Find out more about Olleco by visiting: About Olleco | Serving the Food and Hospitality Industry
Please see below for the this years Autumn menu: