The kitchen at Kingsmead Primary School is dedicated to providing the best quality and most tasty food; drawing from a wide range of world cuisines. We create thoughtfully balanced menus, changing termly to reflect the changes in seasons and produce. All meat served at school is halal.
We encourage a happy and fun sharing feeling in the dining hall. Teachers volunteer to spend mealtimes in the hall, encouraging students to try new things and have fun at lunch time. Sharing salad boards on the tables are an exciting and accessible way for students, and staff, to try new salads and get their 5 a day!
The meals are cooked entirely on school premises by kitchen staff. The menus are carefully balanced by nutritionists and the children are surveyed to see what improvements can be made. School meals cost £1.60p a day - £8 for a week.
We have a beautiful and flourishing science garden providing lots of wonderful opportunities for all our children to learn about food and where it comes from. All children take part in planting, growing and harvesting food in the garden (for more on our Healthy Eating and Gardening sessions) see Our Local Environment page)
Kingsmead children also have regularly visits to the award-winning Hackney School of Food, which is situated on the site of our sister school Mandeville. Here children learn about food from seed to plate in the teaching kitchen and in Hackney School of Food's wonderful productive gardens. With it's specially designed teaching kitchen, with height adjustable workstations, and trained Food Educators, the Hackney School of Food delivers a full cookery education according to the National Curriculum. These lessons take place throughout the year, making links to the produce grown in the School of Food gardens wherever possible. You can find out more about the Hackney School of Food here.
Since September 2014 all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 can receive Universal Free School Meals. Please see the application form attached below which needs to be completed by parents/carers and handed in to the Hackney Learning Trust.
If you have a child in full time Nursery, Year 3, 4, 5 and 6 you may be able to claim Free School Meals. Please see the information leaflet below giving information about whether you could qualify for Free School Meals. Hackney Learning Trust now have an online system for applying for Free School Meals which is easy to use and parents/carers will get an instant response as to their eligibility via email which can then be provided to the school.
Parents/carers have to register first at Register for Free School Meals/Pupil Premium before they can apply. Information and access to the online link is on the Hackney Learning Trust website at:
Our school lunch menus change with the seasons. See attachment below for current menus
No Packed Lunches
At LEAP we have a No Packed Lunch policy. A copy of the letter sent to parents & carers explaining our rationale for this can be found below.