The Food

HC3S will comply with the Food in School legislation, January 2015.

The standards state:

Fruit & Vegetables

  • One or more portions of vegetables or salad as an accompaniment every day
  • One or more portions of fruit every day
  • A dessert containing at least 50% fruit two or more times a week
  • At least three different fruits and three different vegetables each week

Milk & Dairy

  • A portion of food from this group every day
  • Lower fat milk must be available for drinking at least once a day during school hours (this may be provided by the school outside the meal time)

Meat, Fish, Eggs, Beans (and other non-dairy sources of protein)

  • A portion of food from this group every day
  • A portion of meat or poultry on three or more days each week
  • Oily fish once or more every three weeks
  • For vegetarians, a portion of non-dairy protein on three or more days each week
  • A meat or poultry product (manufactured or homemade) no more than once each week in primary schools

Starchy Food

  • One or more wholegrain varieties of starchy food each week
  • One or more portions of food from this group every day
  • Three or more different starchy foods each week
  • Starchy food cooked in fat or oil no more than two days each week
  • Bread – with no added fat or oil – must be available every day

Foods high in fat, sugar and salt

  • No more than two portions of food that has been deep-fried, batter-coated, or breadcrumb-coated, each week
  • No more that two portions of food which include pastry each week
  • No snacks, except nuts, seeds, vegetables and fruit with no added salt, sugar or fat
  • Savoury crackers or breadsticks can be served at lunch with fruit or vegetables or dairy food
  • No confectionery, chocolate or chocolate-coated products
  • Desserts, cakes and biscuits are allowed only at lunchtime.  They must not contain any confectionery
  • Salt must not be available to add to food after it has been cooked
  • Any condiments must be limited to sachets or portions of no more than 10g or one teaspoonful

Healthier Drinks

Free, fresh drinking water at all times

The only drinks permitted are:

  • Plain water (still or carbonated)
  • Lower fat milk or lactose reduced milk
  • Fruit or vegetable juice (max 150 mls)
  • Plain soya, rice or oat drinks enriched with calcium; plain fermented milk (e.g. yoghurt) drinks
  • Unsweetened combinations of fruit or vegetable juice with plain water (still or carbonated)
  • Combinations of fruit juice and lower fat milk or plain yoghurt, plain soya, rice or oat drinks enriched with calcium; cocoa and lower fat milk; flavoured lower fat milk
  • Tea, coffee, hot chocolate

Combination drinks are limited to a portion size of 330ml.  They may contain added vitamins or minerals, but no more than 5% added sugars or honey or 150mls fruit juice.  Fruit juice combination drinks must be at least 45% fruit juice.