Schools - catering
Facilities Management Services provide a catering service for:
- 37 Primary schools
- 6 Secondary schools
- 5 Nurseries
- 2 Secondary Student Support units.
Catering at Raploch Campus is provided by Forth Valley College and schools in Balfron by a private contractor.
We are dedicated to providing appetising and nutritious meals for schools and older people and working in partnership with Education and Forth Valley Health Board, we provide suitable menus for people with special dietary needs.
Our menus conform to The Health (Promotion and Nutrition) (Scotland) Act 2007. Details of primary and secondary weekly menus and menus for children with special dietary needs are provided on this page.
Food for Life
We have been awarded the Bronze Food for Life Catering Mark from the Soil Association for our Primary menus. The aims of the Food for Life Scheme are to deliver fresh food, which is free from undesirable additives and better for animal welfare.
The requirements for the Bronze Food for Life Catering Mark are:
- No undesirable additives or hydrogenated fats
- At least 75%of dishes on the menu are freshly prepared
- Meat is farm assured as a welfare minimum
- Eggs are from cage-free hens
- Menus are seasonal and in-season produce is highlighted
- Continuous professional development is available to catering staff, including training in fresh food preparation
- No GM ingredients
Working with the Soil Association, we are committed to changing the present convenience food culture and reconnecting young people with freshly prepared food and its source.
This film explains more about Food for Life and what we are doing schools.
Primary lunch menus are now seasonal. The Spring/Summer menu is available from 1st April to 11th October 2013 and the Autumn /Winter menu will be available from 21st October 2013 to 4th April 2014.
The ticket price remains the same as last year at £2.00.
We provide a 3 weekly menu cycle that allows us to offer children more popular meals as well as ensuring that they have a balanced, nutritious diet based on the current healthy eating guidelines.
We serve 3 meal options on red, blue and green trays. The red tray has a choice of soup or pudding, the blue tray has a non meat option, also with a choice of soup or pudding and the green tray can be a packed lunch option if preferred. Yoghurt and Fruit is available every day as an alternative to the pudding on offer.
When the Green Tray is chosen as a packed lunch option the the soup is replaced by a cold drink and can be taken away in a lunch bag, which can be a time saving alternative for busy parents/guardians.
We believe that any child who has special dietary needs should be able to choose to have a school meal and be appropriately catered for.
We have worked in partnership with Forth Valley Health Services and Education to produce guidance on the different types of special diets which may be required.
Our Policy and Guidance to Educational Establishments on the Provision of Medically Prescribed Diets, (Aug 2009) contains guidance for parents/guardians and staff and also Special Diet Referral forms which should be completed for each school year.
Special Diet Menus for Primary Schools.
If you have any concerns about your child's dietary needs, please contact your Head teacher who will be happy to discuss this with you and the Catering team at school.
Secondary lunch menus are also seasonal for Spring/Summer and Autumn/Winter.
The current ticket price is £2.30 for a pupil meal and £3.90 for an adult meal.
We offer are 3 week menu cycle with a range of fresh, nutritious, value for money meals based on the current healthy eating guidelines.
This school meals film shows the meals service in operation and the quality and range of food available in secondary schools.
In 2007 we launched our rewards website www.fresh-eating.co.uk to encourage healthy eating in schools. Pupils who register on the web site collect points when they choose a healthy option from the lunch menu. When they have enough points they can claim a reward. The rewards for this academic year are Bowling and Cinema tickets.
Free School Meals
Families on a low income or who receive income support, family credit or income-based jobseekers allowance may be entitled to free school meals.
Free school meals applications can be made at any time during the year and free meals will be provided from the date the application is approved.
The following recipes are a sample from our Primary lunch menu. If you would like any other recipes from the Primary or Secondary lunch menus, please contact us on 01786 442463 or email us.
Please note that during prolonged periods of bad weather our weekly menus may be different from planned and could vary from school to school. If you have any concerns about this, please contact your school for more information. Our catering staff will be happy to discuss the menu for the day with you and ensure that the food is suitable for your child.
Functions and Hospitality
We cater for internal functions and hospitality ranging from tea, coffee and home baking for small groups to full dinners and buffets for larger functions such as Burns Suppers and Secondary school parties.
The Functions and Hospitality Brochure gives a selection of the most popular items/menus available.
Other Catering Services
As well as providing school meals, we provide meals for Lunch Clubs and cater for staff in Council offices.
If you would like to know more about Catering services, please telephone Facilities Management Services on 01786 442463 or contact us by email.