The Ash Tree KITCHEN
We are really lucky to have a purpose built kitchen and dining facilities on site which was opened in 2016. Our Catering Team are able to provide healthy, hot, nutritious meals to the children of High Ash everyday.
COVID 19 update
Due to current COVID 19 restrictions, our kitchen team are currently providing a variety of packed lunch options to the children in class.
When selecting a meal via your parentpay account, you are choosing the main option for your child e.g. mature cheddar cheese & tomato served on a freshly baked ciabatta roll, or tuna sweetcorn mayonnaise pasta pot. These options are all freshly prepared every morning, including freshly baked rolls / baguettes where applicable, home made freshly prepared pesto, home made & freshly baked sausage rolls etc. Every day, all packed lunches also include Fruit and Crudites and a fresh bake that our Head Chef Michelle prepares from scratch every morning, for example Blueberry and Lemon Muffins / Raspberry & White Chocolate Blondies. We know that these are extremely popular with the children, and Michelle has been receiving fantastic feedback from them on how delicious they are.
The Ash Tree team have been working really hard to try and incorporate hot meal options into the menu which can be served quickly, easily and safely to the classrooms, meet the government's healthy school meals criteria and that are popular with the children. We are now offering hot pizza on Tuesday's and hot sausage or cheese rolls on Fridays. If this works well, we hope to introduce more hot options after half-term. Like all packed lunches, the pizza and sausage/cheese roll will still be served with a vegetable crudite, fruit and a sweet treat.
Lunchtime (IN NORMAL TIMES)
Lunch is served between 12:15pm and 1:30pm. Foundation and Key stage 1 children are served first and Key stage 2 classes come in afterwards on a rota basis. Children can choose where they sit in the dining room and children with a packed lunch still eat in the dining room even if they don’t have a school meal. Children are given coloured wristbands which correspond to the meal that has been chosen to them, which are shown to the catering team members who are serving. Any children who have an allergy are also given a yellow band which they keep on throughout the whole of their time in the dining room, to make all lunchtime staff aware that the child has an allergy.
Children have the choice of seasonal vegetables or salad to have with their meal.
Lunchtime staff members encourage the children to eat as much as they can at lunchtime and to try new things.
When a child has finished their main meal, they scrape any left over food into the bin and put away their plate, cup and cutlery on the waste trolley.
We have a desserts table where the children can help themselves to the dessert of their choice. Children can choose whether to have fresh fruit, a yogurt, or a home-made dessert which varies by day. If your child has an allergy, they will receive their dessert directly from the kitchen.