Felsted recognises the important connection between a healthy diet and the ability to learn effectively and achieve high standards in all areas of school life.
It is a crucial factor for every child’s wellbeing that a healthy, high quality and well balanced diet is provided for them and Felsted is fully committed to providing that.
All our food is made on-site with dedicated chefs employed by the school. They are inspected by the Food Standards Agency and have the top 5 star rating.
Felsted Catering aims to:
- Use locally grown, environmentally sustainable food wherever possible.
- Use as much fresh food as possible.
- Link our menus to seasonal produce.
- Support ethical buying.
- Make as much use of organic, natural food products and fair trade produce as possible, and to eliminate genetically modified food and potentially harmful food additives.
- Ensure that our suppliers, both local and national, are committed to providing best quality and value, with the highest standards of accredited health and safety. We expect them to have procedures covering full traceability of source through the supply chain, with comprehensive food-labelling, supplying information on both allergens and nutritional data.
In Stewart House (ages 4 to 6), a hot meal is provided every lunchtime, with a vegetarian option if required. Pudding or fruit is also provided. Healthy snacks are also given mid morning. Water is provided as a drink with meals and milk at morning break time. On cold days, hot chocolate is also on the menu to help keep our youngest Felstedians warm!
In the Prep School, a hot meal with some variety of choice is provided every lunchtime. A vegetarian option is also available. Salad is always on offer and a hot or cold pudding or fruit is provided. Healthy snacks are also given mid morning and mid afternoon. Boarders are offered a wide selection at breakfast of hot or cold foods along with a hot supper every evening. Water is provided as a drink with meals and milk at morning break time. On cold days, hot chocolate is often available to warm our young Felstedians!
Senior School Catering offers a wide selection of food throughout the day for the whole school community. Lunch is the main meal of the day with an abundance of choice available; alongside a hot and vegetarian option, there is a pasta bar, a salad bar, soup, baguettes and jacket potatoes (including sweet jacket potatoes). Daily specials can include international themed food or street food. Hot cooked breakfasts are provided every day for boarders, alongside breads, cereals, fruit and yoghurts. A hot supper is also offered for our boarding students. In the evenings, a substantial snack chosen by each boarding house is delivered at 9pm to keep teenager hunger pangs at bay. This might be a panini, yoghurts, fruit or a sausage roll. Water is provided as a drink at all meals, with students encouraged to carry a water bottle at all times to keep them hydrated.
All day and boarding houses have kitchens, where toast, milk, hot drinks and healthy snacks are kept stocked by the House Matron. Pupils may use these facilities if they need to - many sixth formers enjoy being able to make their own meals, particularly at weekends.
Felsted expects all pupils to eat the school meals provided, but is able to meet individual requirements on medical grounds. All food which might contain nuts or traces of nuts is clearly labelled. Parents of children who have allergies to any food product, or who have special dietary requirements, are asked to make this clear in the medical questionnaire that they complete when their child enters the School. They should also inform the School at once if their son or daughter subsequently develops an intolerance of any food.
The School Nurse and Catering Managers are happy to see any parent who has concerns about their son or daughter's medical condition, and to devise a special menu, where practically possible.
Coffee Shop & Snacks
Felsted Senior School have an on site coffee shop, where Illy coffee is served. A full range of drinks and snacks, including cookies, fruit, paninis, flapjack and ice-cream can be purchased. Snack machines for drinks and confectionery are also available. Boarders are also able to visit the village shop in break times with permission (Prep boarders on set days) to stock up on any provisions. Takeaways are also allowed to be delivered on certain evenings for different year group boarding pupils, as children get older and take more responsibility for their diet.
Pupil and Parent Catering Committee
A parent and student committee provide valuable input into the provision of school food and meet regularly. If you are interested in being involved please contact [email protected]
In February we had our first newsletter 'quick survey' on the proposal to hold a meat free lunch every third Tuesday in school. The suggestion of 'meat free lunch' was put forward by the pupil body, via the Food Committee, and after it was clear that this was a controversial proposal, it was put to a vote among the pupils and staff. The outcome of this referendum was 415 in favour, with 275 against, and 120 abstentions. The purpose of this is not to drive people away from the consumption of meat, but to recognise that there is a global challenge about sustainability that needs to be addressed.
As part of our wellbeing week, we welcomed Peter from 'A life - Healthy Schools Workshop' to the Prep School. He gave workshops throughout the day to all pupils from Year 1 all the way through to Year 6.
It was a pleasure to welcome back OF Chris McLeod (fc 00-08) to Felsted in September 2018. Chris delivered a series of seminars to Lower Sixth students discussing the importance of nutrition and general wellbeing, with a particular focus on the importance of using food to fuel your body. Chris attended both Felsted Prep and Senior School and was Head of School in his final year.
Meat-free school meals
Conference & Common Room celebrates environmentally friendly Felsted food