School Meals at SMSP are prepared freshly onsite each day and served by our school caterers, Radish.
Reception, Year 1 & Year 2 are entitled to a Universal Free School meal and for the academic Year 2023-2024, Years 3, 4, 5 & 6 are also entitled to a free meal as part of the Mayor of London’s initiative.
If you would like your child to have school meals, please complete and return the school meals form indicating if your child has any allergies or is vegetarian.
In order to not waste food, please advise the office before 9.30am if your child is coming into school late (e.g. has a doctor or dentist appointment) or if your child will be away from school, so that we can adjust the register accordingly.
Even though your child will receive their free school meal, it is really important that you still complete our Eligibility Checker Form in case your child is eligible for extra funding for the school from the Government, currently worth £1,300 per year. This is extra money for the school to spend on enrichment activities and targeted support for those children who need it most. This may also entitle you to other benefits, like food vouchers and free clubs during the holidays. There is more information about this here: https://www.richmond.gov.uk/free_school_meals.
About Radish Catering
Radish is an independent specialist catering company based in Surrey who have a great deal of experience in catering to primary schools. Their emphasis is on fresh food cooked with care and skill, they endeavour to be environmentally friendly and use sustainable sources. Radish have a portfolio of over 30 clients, success being measured in clients renewing their contracts year after year.
Healthy Meals for Our Healthy School
Radish’s Catering menus have plenty of variety and they have designed their menus around familiar and tasty dishes that are popular with primary school aged children. They use a computer program called Nutmeg to ensure that all their menus follow the government nutritional guidelines.
Radish’s aim is simply to serve delicious freshly prepared quality foods at the best possible value for money. They have a passion for food and they want you to enjoy it.
Soil Association Food For Life
Radish have a wealth of experience in delivering the Food For Life objectives. If you are interested in further information you can find it on www.foodforlife.org.uk. They have been awarded their Gold Catermark at St Mary’s and St Peter’s, this mark shows their commitment as a company to local produce and food of the highest welfare standards.
More About Our Menus
Each term they will have a new seasonal fresh food menu. Their menus have lots of choice and include something for everyone:-
- A Hot Main Protein Dish
- A Vegetarian Dish
- A Filled Jacket Potato either hot or cold
- A Selection of Salads from our salad bar
- A choice of two vegetables and a carbohydrate choice
Radish have values regarding the food that they serve and the produce that they buy. Some of their values are:-
- Only use free range eggs
- Rapeseed-Oil is used, this is collected when old and recycled again for bio oil
- Only organic milk is served
- Free Range Chicken
- Organic Beef from Hampshire
- No hydrogenated fats or additives
- Fresh vegetables
Please remember to write in if you wish to cancel your child’s school meal a week in advance if you pay weekly or a half term in advance if you pay half termly.
Year 6 school council met with Keighley the operations manager at Radish (online) to discuss school dinners at SMSP. We took feedback from a questionnaire from from years 1-6 about likes, dislikes and what they want to see more of at school, including themed days.
We had lots of brilliant suggestions which we informed Keighley about. She told us that she would get back to us about what we said and tell us what they are going to do about it.
Keep your eyes peeled for updates on the menu and lunches at SMSP!