Increasing school meal uptake

The school found that the lunchtime environment was loud and rushed. They moved into their new building in September 2010 and SMSA’s had tried a number of initiatives to improve lunchtimes.  With the lead from the Deputy Headteacher, a HLTA and advice from Food for Life and the DPHA food lead, more high profile and sustainable changes have stuck.


Rearranged furniture, Children who take part in lunchtime clubs go first, water and cutlery on tables, pupils sit with friends no matter if they are sandwiches or hot dinners.  Some staff have started to eat in the dining hall, parents have been invited and have come to eat lunch with pupils, themed meals such as Italian Day, change of staffing … All of these changes have increased the school meal uptake by 24%


In addition, a tuck shop at breaktime has raised the profile that the food in the kitchen is freshly made too!