News From The Head Teacher 22/11/2021

Well, we are moving relentlessly towards Christmas and as you can see, events such as Children in Need seem to herald its imminent arrival.

The children had a lovely spotty day ! They even raised £46.

This week, Mrs Beauchamp leaves us. She will not be in school at the end of Friday as she is finishing just after lunch time.

Miss Moore has been working alongside her and is getting to grips with all the every day and weekly tasks that are needed to be done. We have an advert out for a cook to take Miss Moore’s place in the kitchen and there has been some interest. It is hoped that we can appoint as soon as possible to alleviate the transition for everyone.

There are a number of children who are choosing to bring packed lunch into school. We are growing more concerned about the healthy content. We are a Healthy School and operate under strict food guidelines.

You will read from the policy that packed lunches should not include any of the following:

Below is a copy of our Food Policy and ask that you stay within the guidelines to ensure the best possible healthy choices for your child / children.


Whole School Food Policy

This policy sets out the expectations of food provision provided and consumed in school including before, during and after school and on school trips.

At Great Smeaton Academy Primary School, we recognise the important part that a healthy diet plays in a child’s wellbeing and their ability to learn and achieve effectively.

 We believe that the school, in partnership with parents and carers can make a major contribution to improving children’s health by increasing their knowledge and understanding of food and helping them to make healthy food choices.


National Guidance

This policy has been written to reflect the School Food Standards that were revised in January 2015. It has also been written to reflect the Eatwell Plate Model of Healthy Eating and supports key outcomes of the School Food Plan. The policy supports Ofsted’s commitments to assess children’s knowledge of how to keep themselves healthy and our school’s ethos of healthy eating.

This policy covers the areas of:

This policy applies to all staff, children, parents and governors.


Break time snacks

All Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 children are provided daily fruit or vegetables as part of the Government scheme.

Any snacks that are brought from home will be restricted to fruit or vegetables unless recommended by a doctor on medical grounds (e.g. dietary need, diabetes etc)



Our school provides a mandatory milk scheme for all children, in accordance with Government guidelines. Parents are invited to register and pay for their child to participate in this scheme, which provides a 189ml carton of semi skimmed milk every day. Foundation and Key Stage 1 children, aged 4 or under, receive this milk free of charge through the Nursey School Milk Scheme.



Clean filtered drinking water is available for all children throughout the day and children are encouraged to drink water at frequent intervals. All packed lunch children have access to water at lunch time meaning that there is no need for an additional drink to be brought in to school as part of a packed lunch. Children are encouraged to bring a water bottle every day that they can refill as necessary.

No drinks, other than water will be brought into school by children unless recommended by a doctor for medical needs.


School lunches including packed lunches

At Great Smeaton Academy Primary School all meals are prepared by our in-house catering team and are prepared following the government nutritional guidelines, as stated in the Public Health Report, published in 2015, by Public Health England and the NAHT. “A whole school approach to healthy school meals, universally implemented for all children, has shown improvements in academic attainment at key stages 1 and 2, especially for children with lower prior attainment”

We will provide Universal Free School Meals for children in Foundation Stage two and Key Stage 1, and will encourage parents to take up this offer. We are committed to providing food which is compliant with all national guidelines.

Staff will work with children to provide a clean, safe attractive and appropriate dining area. We believe that lunchtimes should foster the caring, friendly ethos that governs everything that we do. Children are encouraged to be independent during the meal and clearing up after themselves at the end of lunch by tidying away trays and cutlery.


Some families prefer to provide a packed lunch and we would like our packed lunches to be as healthy as they can be. If children do have a packed lunch we ask parents to make an informed choice and to make it healthy. Please do not include chocolate, sweets, nuts, drinks or any processed foods. A packed lunch needs to provide your child with enough energy and nutrition to see them through the school day.



Food, its production and preparation are an important part of the curriculum for all children and is taught across the curriculum through Science, PHSE, PE and Design Technology.


Before and After school club

Food provision at our breakfast and after school club is compliant with the National School Food Standards.