Pound Hill regards snacks and mealtimes as an important part of the day. Eating represents a social time for pupils and staff and helps pupils to learn about healthy eating. We aim to provide pupils with nutritious, balanced foods which meet pupil’s dietary needs.

Help children to have a balanced diet

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There are many ways that we can help our children to develop healthy eating habits. Healthy eating isn’t complicated, and for most children (and adults!) it is means eating less junk food and more fruit, vegetables and wholegrain foods. We should also drink water rather than sweetened drinks. Having a good diet helps prevent a range of serious illnesses now and in later life.

Morning snack

All children are offered a piece of fruit depending on the season, e.g. apples, satsumas, pears, bananas and tomatoes as part of the Governments’ Healthy Eating Scheme.  

Sweets, chocolate, fizzy drinks and nuts are not suitable as a snack and must not be brought to school. 


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All children in Reception, Year 1 and 2 will receive a free hot school meal each day For more information on menus etc. please go to the Chartwells’ website.

If you prefer your child to have a packed lunch please let the school office know as soon as possible, to prevent an excess of wasted cooked food. If your child does bring in their own lunch please ensure you choose a lunchbox and flask that your child can manage to open themselves. You know your child’s appetite best but please try not to overdo it.

Please view the New Starter Sept 2021 Chartwells produced presentation for further information.

First page of the PDF file: ph-chartwells-new-starter-presentation

For Healthier lunchbox recipes visit: to get loads of easy-to-prepare ideas you kids will love, as well as tips on what else to put in their lunchbox.

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Healthy Lunch Box

 A well-planned vegan diet can support healthy living in people of all ages.

The Vegan Plate


Special dietary needs

We have a duty of care to all pupils’ PHIA takes the management of severe allergies seriously and have procedures in place to minimise the risk of a reaction occurring in a food-allergic child. The academy are committed to raising awareness about allergies to all our academy community and working in co-operation with parents and carers to ensure we provide a safe learning environment for all.

Parents and Carers are expected to inform the Academy of any allergies or diet related medical needs or condition. The Academy will support pupils with special dietary needs.  Our Hot food suppliers Chartwells cater for all special dietary requirements if the request is supported by a medical report such as a letter from a GP or hospital dietician. Requests for special diets should be made direct to Chartwells.

A special menu will then be agreed upon between the parent and Chartwells supported by the academy. In addition Chartwells will cater for allergen ladders and re-introduction. Children requiring the re-introduction of milk or egg into their diets following a ladder are catered for, subject to the receipt of medical evidence. Religious diets will be catered for by the vegetarian meal option.

Nut allergy awareness

We are not a nut-free environment, but we aim to be as nut-free as we can. It is impossible to provide an absolute guarantee that no nuts will be brought onto the premises but, we will strive to minimise this as much as we can.  

We ask all members of the academy community to work together to support this aim.

  • Parents and carers are requested NOT to send food into the academy that contains nuts. This includes all types of nuts, peanut butter, nutella, cereal/chocolate bars and any other food containing nuts. 
  • Staff will be alert to any obvious signs of nuts being brought in, but they will not inspect all food brought into school. 
  • If any actual nuts are found, they will be bagged up and sent home and this child will be asked to eat lunch away from other children and wash their hands before going out to play. 
  • Children will be asked NOT to share food. 
  • Children will be encouraged to wash hands before and after eating. 
  • Appropriate staff are trained in understanding and dealing with Anaphylaxis (severe allergic reactions) and will use this training as the need arises. 
  • Chartwells will ensure all cooked food is nut-free. 

Free School Meals and Pupil Premium

Please help us claim important additional funding

Every school is able to claim significant additional funding of at least £1900 per pupil, known as pupil premium funding. If you think you may be eligible for pupil premium funding, please email the academy via for an application form detailing the criteria for eligibility. 

Even if you are not sure whether you qualify, you can still complete the application form and we will find out for you on your behalf. Please help your school to claim every penny we are entitled so that we can provide the very best education for your children. All forms will be treated as confidential.

If you require any assistance or have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact

Want more information about menus?

Visit the Chartwells’ website.

Milk at school

You can order daily milk for your child from Cool Milk.

The milk is completely free for all children that are under-five and/or registered for free school meals, and is subsidised for children aged five or older.

Just register at or complete a registration form available from the school office.

Contact details


01293 873975

Main Contact:
Mrs H Mills

Academy Office Hours 8:00am - 3:30pm