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More than a school meal: parent information

We know that life is very busy for parents so we have added some key information, all in one place, to help you make healthy choices to support your child and set them up for a busy day of learning.

Our approach to food

Children learn better when they have had a good, healthy lunch. That’s why using the freshest, most natural ingredients is so important in our culture as Education Caterers.

We are very proud that our meals meet the Bronze Standard for Food For Life external link.

School Food Standards

Since December 2015 all school meals are required to adhere to the School Food Standards. All of our menus are checked to ensure they meet these government requirements. For more information, view GOV.UK standards for school food in England external link.

Eatwell guide

The NHS eatwell guide external link shows how much of what we eat overall should come from each food group to achieve a healthy, balanced diet. You don't need to achieve this balance with every meal but try to get the balance right over a day or even a week. This is a useful tool to help everyone try to eat a little bit better.


We have partnered with SchoolGrid external link and are in the process of integrating their technology throughout our school portfolio. This system provides heightened pupil safety in relation to dietary management, a brilliant pre-order and online payment system and an enhanced lunchtime service which is well liked by pupils. This technological advancement has effectively aligned with our food wastage reduction targets as over production is reduced and pupils received their preferred meal.

Our allergy management system, complemented by this technology, enhances the safety of children during school lunches. Parents and schools find assurance in the robust processes we've implemented, ensuring a secure and dependable dining experience for every student. View this video on YouTube for more information about SchoolGridexternal link.

Contact us

If you more further information, advice or support please contact us on 0113 378 2316 or by email at catering.leeds@leeds.gov.uk.