School food provision
Food provision is an important part of ensuring the food that children eat during the school day collectively complies with the School Food Standards.
Meeting the School Food Standards
It is the statutory responsibility of the governing body and trustees to ensure the School Food Standards are being met. Guidance for governors is available from the Department for Education (DfE).
The School Food Plan
The School Food Plan offers a variety of information on how to provide healthy school meals including resources for school cooks.
Checklists are also available. They can be used to check if food provision across the school day (breakfast, snack, lunch and afterschool provision) complies with the School Food Standards. These include:
Other useful school food resources
The following resources can also help schools to plan healthy food provision that meets the standards:
- What works well, recipe hub for school dinners
- For those who receive packed lunches from home, the healthy lunchbox provides information that might be helpful to schools and parents
- Chefs in schools is a charity that trains school kitchen teams to serve up clean, healthy, inexpensive and nutritious food
- School Food Matters is a charity campaigning for better assess to sustainable healthy food during school time and quality food education. They provide fully funded food education programmes to schools
- Caterlink is the current school food provider for Richmond schools
- Whole-school food and drink policy template for schools (MS Word, 64 KB)
- Packed lunch policy template for schools (MS Word, 44 KB)
Breakfast and after school clubs
If your school is considering setting up or reinvigorating a breakfast club, these resources can support you:
- Food - a fact of life offers up-to-date information on different schemes you can explore
- School Food Matters has created a breakfast club guide
School Food Matters also provides an afterschool club guide. It offers tips on how to improve after school food provision. Similarly, Children's Food Trust has developed after school club recipes and tips (pdf, 1.6 MB).
Water only schools
These are schools that offers only water and milk during the school day. This is inclusive of breakfast, and after school food provision. For more information, view the water only tool kits for primary and secondary schools.
All schools should offer milk to their pupils. Those under the age of five should receive free milk, for older children parents can buy milk via a scheme available in their school, for example, Cool Milk. Ask your school what scheme they use.
Up to: Healthy schools
Updated: 08 February 2023