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The new school food standards

The new school food standards which became effective in January 2015 are intended to help children develop healthy eating habits and ensure that they get the energy and nutrition they need across the whole school day. 

The main principle is that variety is the key with a spread of foods across the week. Our menus include different fruits, vegetables, grains, pulses and different types of fresh meat and fish. Catering Leeds use fresh, sustainable and locally sourced ingredients wherever possible and are actively reducing salt, saturated fat and sugar in children's diets.

The new standards apply across the whole school day including breakfast clubs, snacks, tuck shops and after school clubs. We have consulted with all our providers who have confirmed that their menus comply with the new standards.

Examples of revised standards

No more than two portions of food that has been deep fried, batter coated or breadcrumb coated may be provided each week

No more than two portions of food including pastry may be provided per week

Cakes and biscuits must not be provided

All deserts must be yoghurt or fruit-based with a content of at least 50% fruit and drinks may only be water, milk or juice with at least 50% fruit juice/water mix

These revisions help to limit the provision of fat, saturated fat, sugar and salt

List of Allergens


The new nutrition standards state that no snacks or confectionary except nuts, seeds, vegetables and fruit with no added salt sugar or fat may be provided across the school day apart from in exceptional circumstances such as a fundraising event or celebrations. 

This means that processed fruit bars such as "fruit winders" and cereal bars are no longer allowed as they are often high in sugar and are considered confectionary.  They are also detrimental to dental health.

Our school tuck shop sells a selection of fresh fruit every morning break - why not give it a try? 

Please visit www.schoolfoodplan.com or www.childrensfoodtrust.org.uk for further information