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School Meals


School Canteen Facilities

The school canteen provides a service for all pupils and staff in a bright and spacious facility.  Pupils in Years 8 – 14 can use the school canteen facilities before school, at break and at lunch time. In addition, Sixth Form pupils can avail of meals and snacks served in the Sixth Form cafe or use the self-catering kitchen located in both the Year 13 and Year 14 area to prepare their own hot food and drinks.

Catering staff take healthy eating very seriously and are committed to providing nutritionally balanced food for pupils and staff. This is reflected in the quality of our school canteen and Sixth Form café and the food provided there.

The canteen sells a range of foods that can be collected in a take away bag to be consumed outside the canteen.

Healthy Eating

Under the Government health initiatives the food served in the canteen has to meet healthier standards. As a result you will see changes to the food being served. We no longer serve the unhealthier options of the past; instead a glance at our current menu shows the new, healthier and tastier options.

In keeping with the Government guidelines, the options we offer are locally sourced, fresh and competitively priced. The majority of meals are nutritionally balanced, high in fibre, low in fat, salt and sugar. Water is always available from the 3 filtered water fountains located in the pupil foyer, outside the medical room and in the foyer of the Sports Hall and we actively encourage our pupils to bring their own water bottles.

Healthy eating is also encouraged via our PSHE programme, whole school assemblies and Home Economics lessons. 

Packed Lunches 

Packed lunches are also an option to provide your child with a balanced healthy meal. Pupils are welcome to eat their packed lunch in the canteen or in the seated area in the pupil foyer.

We would kindly ask that if possible; avoid unnecessary packaging and please remember that, for health reasons, energy drinks are banned from school.

Breakfast Club

If you have missed breakfast, why not come down to the school canteen and have your early morning breakfast there? Prior to morning registration, the canteen is open for the Breakfast Club which starts at 08.00 a.m. for the early risers, offering drinks, cereals and toast. 

Break
The morning break at 11.05 is a chance for pupils to buy a snack or even order lunch in advance to beat the queues.

Lunch Options

The catering facilities at Antrim Grammar School offer a wide variety of hot and cold meals at very reasonable prices. We also include a selection of food to go including baguettes, paninis and pasta dishes. Why not try our delicious self-serve salad bar or selection of fresh sandwiches - available daily. 

Menus change frequently and cater for all tastes and dietary needs. For special dietary needs you are invited to contact speak to the school’s catering manager, Mrs Catherine Magee via the School Office to make suitable arrangements. 

FREE SCHOOL MEALS

Pupils may be entitled to free school meals.

Parent(s)/Guardian(s) can apply :

If your son or daughter is in full-time education and if you are in receipt of one of the following benefits:-

  • Income Support;
  • Income-Based Jobseeker’s Allowance;
  • Income-Related Employment and Support Allowance;
  • The Guarantee Element of State Pension Credit;
  • Child Tax Credit or Working Tax Credit with an annual taxable income of £16,190 or less.       

  Or:-

  • if you are an Asylum Seeker supported by the Home Office Asylum Support Assessment Team (ASAT); or
  • if your child has a statement of special educational needs and is designated to require a special diet.

HOW TO APPLY?

Step 1: Accessing Application forms

Free School Meals application forms are available from:-

  • the school office;
  • the Education Authority;
  • your local Social Security Agency office; 
  • your local Citizen’s Advice Bureau

Step 2: Read notes provided with the application form

The notes provide useful information including the responsibility of a claimant when making a claim.

Step 3: Complete form and return

  • Complete form and provide verification of benefit or Tax Credits you receive.
  • Return form to the address provided on the form.