The Gardens’ Kitchen
The Gardens' Kitchen
At Ruislip Gardens we are proud to prepare freshly cooked, nutritional and tasty meals on-site every day. We are also able to supply food to other schools. The menu runs over a 3 week cycle and can be found by clicking here.
Children can choose from a meat or vegetarian option every day, a jacket potato with a variety of fillings, a fresh salad bar which includes items from our school garden, baked bread, a dessert or fresh fruit together with a drink.
We encourage children to try different foods and to sample any foods they ae not familiar with, we ask children to eat at least half their meals and assist them with their choices and try make lunch time a happy and sociable experience.
We encourage parents to look at the menu regularly with their child to help them make lunch choices in advance. From time to time we organise special menu/event days and these will be notified to parents in advance. The school menu is displayed on noticeboards and near classrooms throughout the school.
Having a hot meal at school encourages children to try new foods early in their developing years and aids concentration for afternoon lessons; our team arrange regular food tasting opportunities for children and parents and carers. The school meal offers good value for money and, with its three week rotating menu, allows a great breadth of choice to pupils. We hope that our families will work to encourage their child to have a hot meal as often as possible.
In efforts to encourage healthy eating and an uptake of our hot meal provision we hold regular food tasting events which are very popular with pupils and parents. Our catering team have introduced Hegarty Hedgehog and friends who make an appearance at these events:
If your child is going to bring a packed lunch, it is important that it is nutritionally balanced (as the hot lunches are) whilst not being overloaded. We encourage children to eat at least half of their packed lunch. Lunch boxes should always contain a savoury choice and a piece of fruit (in line with healthy eating guidelines) and we do not allow sweets, chocolate or fizzy drinks. We make every effort to check all of the children's lunchboxes during our busy lunchtimes, and your support in ensuring that your child has a healthy lunch box every day helps us enormously. Please do not send in items containing NUTS as we have children in school with severe allergies.
Please see the Change 4 life guidance and ideas for Healthier Lunchboxes: https://www.nhs.uk/change4life/recipes/healthier-lunchboxes The school offer packed lunches to pupils for school trips which are charged and paid for in the same way as hot lunches. Details are shared prior to each trip.
Paying for lunches
Children in Reception and Key Stage 1 are entitled to Universal Infant Free School Meals (UIFSM), a government initiative which means they do not have to pay for a school meal.
For children in Key Stage 2 (years 3 -6), payment for school lunches must be made in advance on ParentPay. Where an account falls into debt a packed lunch must be provided in line with our Debt Recovery Policy, click here to view that policy. Please remember that you will have to pay for school meals when your child moves from year 2 to year 3.
Lunches are charged at a rate of £2.30 per day, the ParentPay system allows a minimum payment of £11.50 for lunches. Where a debt is accrued, the school will follow its Debt Recovery Policy.
Free School Meals
If you have a household income of less than £16,000 we encourage you to apply for Free School Meals status regardless of the academic year your child attends. From Nursery to Year 6, the FSM eligibility offers advantage to both the pupil and the school. Please visit http://www.myfreeschoolmeals.com to apply. Families will still need to register their eligibility for Free School Meals according to the school's instructions as this entitles the school to valuable funding. Please see the Pupil Premium information on this website.
Lunch starts at 11:45am for Reception children who are supported by staff to make sensible choices. The rest of the school has lunch between 12pm – 1pm; Year 1 classes go first, then there is a rota system for the remaining year groups which changes regularly.
The children’s lunch break ends at 12:45pm for children in Reception and at 1.00pm for the rest of the school.
Due to the current situation with Covid-19, we have introduced staggered lunchtimes throughout the school to ensure that we are compliant with social distancing guidelines. Lunchtimes currently take place between 11:15am – 1:25pm.
Please note that we are NOT A NUT FREE SCHOOL. Whilst we discourage children from bring nut-based items to school we cannot confidently say that children abide by this.
As Headteacher I would like to welcome you all to our school. Ruislip Gardens Primary School is a very special place. Visitors comment positively about the school, from the children’s behaviour and their enthusiasm to the staffs ongoing commitment and dedication. We understand the power of education and take very seriously our duty to give your children the best start in life. I am personally very proud to be a member of this community.
The school recognises the value and uniqueness of each individual child and adult at Ruislip Gardens. We celebrate the talents and gifts of each child and enable them to develop to their full potential spiritually, morally, academically, socially and physically.
Our shared vision “Growing and Achieving Together” underpins all we believe in. Our core values
- Providing a safe and nurturing environment
- Establishing lifelong values
- Developing confident and independent learners
- Inspiring excellence
- Enabling everyone to succeed
show how Ruislip Gardens is dedicated to ensuring we help all our children become successful and happy young people. Their learning and personal development are our driving force.
With support and advice from all our stakeholders we were able to develop Ruislip Gardens 4 Life-long Values:
Each value has a definition, which you can read in the vision and values
section of the website.
I would like to extend an invitation to you to visit our school if you have
not already, where you are guaranteed a warm welcome. Finally I would
like to thank you for your continued support and for trusting us with the
privilege of educating your precious children.