Packed Lunches and Snacks

Packed Lunches and Snacks

We know that for many children and families packed lunches are the choice for lunchtime.

School should promote packed lunches to have the same national food standards as school lunches. 

Food standards recommend:

  • A starchy food such as any type of bread (white, wholegrain or gluten free rolls, pitta bread or wraps), pasta, rice, couscous etc
  • A dairy food or dairy free replacement such as milk, cheese, yoghurt, fromage frais
  • Fruit such as apples, bananas, strawberries, grapes (cut in half to prevent choking)
  • Water or sugar free juice for lunch.
  • Small treat (biscuit, cake)
  • We do allow children to have crisps in their lunch boxes, although we would ask parents to choose healthier alternatives where possible. Why not have crisps one day a week.

Children cannot bring in:

  • Fizzy drinks
  • Sweets
  • Not based products.  This includes Nutella or own brand versions of hazelnut spreads as a sandwich filling.

Children can access refillable water stations at school.


  • Children in early years and years 1 and 2 receive free fruit daily.
  • Children in years 3 to 6 are allowed to bring an extra snack into school. This could be a piece of fruit or healthy cereal bar.
  • All children should have a refillable water bottle.

Useful articles on packed lunches and ideas for healthy packed lunches can be found online. Some helpful article links are below from:


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