We try to encourage children to lead healthy lifestyles and to help them to understand the importance of a balanced diet and sufficient exercise.
School meals cost £2.50 per day. These are bookable on ParentPay and must be booked by Sunday for the week ahead, or further in advance if you wish.
Acorn Catering provide tasty healthy meals for both of our schools. Ingredients are sourced locally wherever possible and meals are made freshly each day at the Acorn Catering kitchen at Axminster Primary Academy. These are transported to Marshwood and served by Mrs Cox and Ms Burridge.
All meat including sausages, meatballs and burgers are supplied by Complete Meats of Axminster
All fish products are supplied by Davy's Locker in Bridport
Fresh fruit and vegetables are supplied by Cain's Farm in Chideock
Dairy produce including free-range eggs and West Country cheese are supplied by R. T. Parris of Chardstock
Universal Infant Free School Meals
All children in Reception and KS1 are entitled to a Free School Meal. Most eligible children are taking up the option of having a healthy fresh school meal each day. Children can easily switch between school dinners and packed lunches as required. Please contact us through the school office to discuss any special dietary requirements.
Free School Meals/Pupil Premium
We encourage all parents who are eligible for the following benefits to apply for Free School Meals even if they are in Reception or KS1. This is because the school receives extra income, currently £1300 per year, which we use to provide additional support for your child.
You can find more information on our Pupil Premium page.
There is a wealth of evidence about the effect of food on children's behaviour and concentration. We therefore ask you to please consider carefully what you provide for your child each day if they bring a packed lunch. Sweets are not allowed, but we also discourage chocolate bars and an over-reliance on processed snacks. Sandwiches and fresh fruit are ideal, providing the right kind of energy for your child to make the most of their afternoon in school.
Children are expected to bring a water bottle to use in school and we encourage them to drink water regularly. Drinking water is known to promote healthy bodies and alert minds. Water is available for children to re-fill their bottles during the day located in the kitchen or KS1 classroom.
Children in Reception and KS1 are provided with a free piece of fruit each day. Older children are encouraged to bring a piece of fruit or vegetable (carrot, celery etc) to eat during morning play (not biscuits, crisps or chocolate). Please support us in these efforts to develop healthy eating habits.