Haberdashers' Academies Trust South has teamed up with Harrison Catering to provide a nutritionally balanced meal that is exciting for our pupils.
About Harrison Catering
Since its founding in 1994, Harrison has always been about quality fresh food prepared on-site and served by people who love what they do.
Harrison understands that what students eat affects their health and their ability to learn and perform in the classroom and on the field. Our catering team provides nutritious, balanced meals, and we work to educate the students on how to make healthier food choices. Our goal is to instil a love and understanding of fresh, healthy food at a young age that will positively influence them throughout life.
All Harrison staff receive training on how to prepare and serve healthier food through the company’s bespoke Eat Well Live Well© training programme and complete Smile accredited customer service training to ensure the best experience for customers. They are also encouraged and supported to develop professionally throughout their career and the company provides many opportunities to achieve formal qualifications.
The Harrison team works closely with us to tailor menus to the tastes and preferences of the students. It introduces further interest and excitement to menus through themed lunches and dinners ranging from holidays like Easter and Christmas to cuisines from around the world, tying these into the school curriculum whenever possible in a fun and stimulating way.
Harrison have a comprehensive food allergen and intolerance process and the Catering Team work closely with students and their families to address individual dietary needs.
How to pay
We encourage you to use ParentPay, which allows you to pay for school meals in advance.
free school meals
Universal Infant Free School Meals (UIFSM) provides funding for all government funded schools to offer free school meals to pupils in reception, year 1, and year 2. Free school lunches are only provided to students in Year 3 to Year 6 if you are eligible and meet the criteria set out by the Government.
Check if your child/family qualify for Free School Meals in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 via the local authority. Please contact Lewisham's Pupil Support Team on 020 8314 6221 or complete their online application: www.lewisham.gov.uk/freeschoolmeals
Who can get Free School Meals
Your child can get free school meals if your combined annual household income is below £16,190 (as assessed by HMRC) and you get one of the following benefits:
- income-based: income support or jobseeker’s allowance (not eligible if on contribution based jobseeker’s allowance)
- income-related: employment support allowance (not eligible if on contribution based employment support allowance)
- universal credit
- income support
- the guaranteed element of state pension credit
- support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- child tax credit only.
Email email@example.com to see if you qualify and for further advice.
We encourage our students to eat a balanced and healthy diet. Our canteen offers a range of healthy, delicious meals.
However, should your child prefer to bring a packed lunch, here are some guidelines we’d appreciate you following:
Packed lunches should include:
- At least one portion of fruit and one portion of vegetables.
- A carbohydrate food such as wholemeal or granary bread, pasta, potato salad.
- Dairy food such as milk, cheese, yogurt or
- Meat, fish or other source of non-dairy
- Drinks should be water, still or sparkling, fruit juice, semi skimmed milk, yogurt or milk drinks or smoothies.
An example of a healthy packed lunch may look like this:
- tuna or ham salad sandwich,
- bread sticks with a hummus dip, cucumber or carrot batons,
- yogurt and
- a bottle of flavoured water.
Packed lunches should not contain:
- Snacks such as crisps. (Instead they can bring seeds, vegetables and fruit. Savoury crackers or bread sticks served with fruit or vegetables are also a good choice.)
- Confectionery such as chocolate bars and sweets. Cakes and biscuits are allowed, but these should only be eaten as part of a balanced meal.
- Meat products such as sausage rolls, individual pies, corned meat and sausage / chipolatas should be included only occasionally.
- Fizzy drinks or energy drinks (These are not allowed in School at all).
Allergies & Special Diets
Please be aware that some students suffer from severe nut allergies. Please do not put items in your child's packed lunch containing nuts.
We also recognise that some students may require special diets that do not exactly comply with Health In Education standards. In this case we urge you to be responsible in ensuring that packed lunches are as healthy as possible.
For the reasons above, we ask that students do not swap food items.