Balanced meals for active and productive days
Mealtimes are an essential part of school life and can make the difference between a good day and a great one, a sluggish afternoon or feeling energised and ready to learn. We believe in instilling a love and awareness of healthy eating and the benefits of a balanced diet from a very young age. Eating is also a social occasion and throughout the school it is a chance for teachers and pupils to sit down together and enjoy good food, freshly prepared on each site by our dedicated catering teams.
Locally sourced ingredients form the basis of our menus wherever possible across the school, and we are proud members of the Select Lincolnshire scheme. We have been delighted to win the ‘Teaching Establishment of the Year’ at the 2014 and 2015 Lincolnshire Food and Drink Awards, and Highly Commended in 2013 and 2015-6. There are blackboards in each dining area where the current menu’s locally sourced produce is highlighted and we often celebrate all things Lincolnshire at special events and, of course, Lincolnshire Day.
Each of our three kitchens – at Pre-Prep, Prep and Senior sites – holds a full five star hygiene award from the City of Lincoln Council in recognition of our high standards of hygiene practices, training and management skills: awards of which we feel justly proud.
Food for culinary explorers, active learning and ‘switched on’ afternoons
Our very youngest children have their own miniature cutlery and brightly coloured plates and bowls. Colour-coded bowls: red for protein, white for carbohydrates and green for vitamins help pupils to understand and visualise a well-balanced plate and they very quickly begin to recognise a healthy, nutritious lunch. They are served individually at the table, their food is cut up for them if they need and they always see the same faces in the Dining Room to reassure them.
Older pupils at Pre-Prep can come into lunch when they are ready, make their choices from the wide selection of foods on offer and then sit with their friends to chat and take their time before going to play in the garden.
The importance of a balanced lunch at school is well documented and we endeavour to offer a range of choices which are attractive and wholesome. A number of staff and students have special dietary requirements and we cater for these wherever possible.
Local, seasonal, tasty
We are proud members of the Select Lincolnshire for Food scheme, which brings together businesses of all shapes and sizes to celebrate, develop and signpost quality Lincolnshire produce across the UK. We’re a county full of food experts – growers, producers, processors and artisan businesses – making Lincolnshire the jewel in the UK food industry’s crown.
Wherever possible, all food at LMS is homemade, seasonal, and sourced locally. Breads, yoghurts, soups are all made from scratch on-site every day. Our in-house catering team at Pre-Prep is delighted to source its ingredients from the following local suppliers:
- Cheese – Cote Hill, Market Rasen
- Meat – Simpsons Butchers, Lincoln
- Fruit and veg – Eeds, Boston
- Fish – M&J Seafood, Grimsby
- Coffee – Stokes of Lincoln
- Dairy – East Anglia Dairy, Newark
Our special event catering is just that – special – and our chefs go out to visit local suppliers, sourcing the best quality produce. We are delighted to work with so many of our region’s food ambassadors including; The Cheese Society, Curtis’ of Lincoln and Pipers Crisps.