Greenside Food Experience launched October 2015, where our new Chef Sofia and her team cook delicious vegetarian lunches that are nutritious and served in our new look lunch room. Sofia is a passionate cook who has worked in a variety of different food environments around the world. The lunches offer a choice of two hot vegetarian meals with a salad dish, bread, vegetable crudites and a pudding. There is a greater emphasis on the communal aspect of eating, with more food being served at the table and the children are encouraged to serve each other. From September 2016 we have decided to make school lunch compulsory for all new joiners to Greenside and for all students in Nursery, Reception, Year 1, Year 2 and Year 3.

We will honour the decision made by families for students who in September will be in Y4, Y5 and Y6 to have packed lunch, should they choose, for the rest of their time at Greenside.

The philosophy behind our move to vegetarian food is that we can provide an educational experience, showing the importance of sustainability, introducing the children to alternatives as well as giving them a fully inclusive dining experience. We consider good nutrition to be essential to the health and wellbeing of the children and our school meals will be freshly prepared in our own kitchen using top quality wholesome ingredients, for example, we will not use any pre-produced sauces. All of our meals will meet nutritional guidelines and will be verified by a nutritionist. We aim to source more local products and fruits and vegetable that are in season and so fresher and more economical.


In order to help us provide the best service we can, we need to ensure we have as many students as possible having a school lunch.  All students in Reception, Y1 and Y2 are still entitled to a free lunch under the UIFSM scheme. To help us manage our system, we would like to ask the following:

  • You make a termly commitment to having a school lunch
  • Lunches are charged at £2 per day and will be payable termly in advance or on a weekly payment plan – or £10 per week. Refunds are only available if your child is off for more than 5 days.
  • Cheques or cash (change is unavailable) should be put in an envelope clearly marked with your child’s
  • £64 Autumn Term 1, or £10 per week.
  • £78 Autumn Term 2, or £10 per week
  • £56 Spring Term 1, Or £10 per week
  • £58 Spring Term 2, Or £10 per week
  • £60 Summer Term 1, Or £10 Per week
  • £66 Summer Term 2, Or £10 per week
  • £382 For School Year 17 – 18
  • Correct money can be handed into the school office with student’s name on envelope. You can also pay via school money for instructions on how to use Schoolmoney – Parent user guide.

Universal Infant Free School Meals (UIFMS)

From September 2014 the government have introduced a scheme for free school meals for Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 children.

Please note that this is different to Free School Meals/ Pupil Premium which the school receives for low income families.

Nut Allergies

The school has children with serious peanut allergies. Please be aware that because of this we cannot allow peanut or peanut related foods in the children’s packed lunches.

This includes:

  • cereal bars with nuts
  • peanut butter
  • packets or peanuts of other nuts
  • biscuits that might be contaminated by nuts and have a warning on their labels
  • cakes with added nuts
  • chicken satay

Menu –Summer Menu 2017 (We are continuing with our current menu for Spring 2)

We try to stick to the menu as best we can but sometimes there is a need to change the menu slightly.

We are now having fresh artisan bread delivered so we can offer a delicious variety of wholesome breads including focaccia, sourdough, brioche and ciabatta. We are eagerly awaiting the arrival of our stick blender as well as our ice cream machine. This means that we will be able to make our own ice creams and frozen yogurt using totally fresh and natural ingredients. As the weather gets warmer, we will be able to serve these in cones outside!”

Change of Lunch Form – this needs to be completed and handed to the office.  Changes can only be made in advance for the next term.

Healthy Packed Lunches Ideas