School dinners have come a long way in recent years and at Pirbright we feel proud of the developments we have made over the last few years. We have our own catering company, Principals, who cook all of the food for lunches and Pirbright Club Class on site. We see lunchtimes as an important part of the children’s learning and socialisation during the school day and aim to provide a calm space in which children can eat their lunch whilst chatting to their friends about their morning’s learning.
As part of the government’s Universal Free School Meals strategy, all children in Reception and KS1 receive a daily meal with no cost to parents. Children in KS2 pay for their lunches and this is done through the Principals catering website where you are able to view menus online once you are signed up. We appreciate the need for flexibility and parents are welcome to block-book food for a number of weeks, choose particular days (ie always on a Wednesday or Thursday) or just choose on a daily basis if their child has a hot meal depending on the busy needs of a family home!
There are usually two choices of main course meal, alongside jacket potato options and a substantial salad bar (with bread!) to select from. There are also choices for dessert and fresh fruit is always an option. Wednesdays are usually “Roasty” – a very popular roast dinner option – whilst Fridays are “Fishy”. In the summer term, there is a packed lunch option involving a baguette which children can eat outside if they prefer; if parents would rather children had a hot lunch, then they can speak to class teachers who will ensure the kitchen know to steer children towards the hot-plate counter!
Children who bring a packed lunch with them are welcome to eat outside or with their friends in the school hall. Packed lunches and hot dinners are welcome to sit together at the tables.
Principals provide hot meals for children who attend Pirbright Club Class and also cater our Family Lunches (where parents can try out the food on offer), the Summer Concert and various events throughout the year. They work with School Council to gain children’s feedback and the adults on duty in the hall provide feedback to the kitchen from the children on a daily basis.