School Food Plan

It's more than two years since the School Food Plan was launched, which was the start of a new era for school meals. Since it's publication, new standards for school food have come into effect, and all infant children are now entitled to receive a free school meal.

The new food-based standards became mandatory for all maintained schools, new academies and free schools in England, and are designed to offer school caterers more flexibility when planning their menus. Applied across the school day, the standards promote nutritionally positive foods, such as wholegrains, fruits, vegetables and oily fish, whilst restricting or limiting other food items that are high in fat, salt or sugar. Our nutrition team check every school menu that we serve to ensure compliance with the standards, find out more here.

We were fully prepared for the introduction of Universal infant Free School Meals (Uifsm) last September and recruited over 80 new members of catering staff to support the increase in school meals. Our uptake of Uifsm has exceeded the national average with over 89% of children choosing to have a school meal.

For more information about the school food plan and to view a full copy of the report, please visit