Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council School Catering Service believes that for the very best start in life children and young people need good nutrition.
Our Primary and Secondary school menus are planned to meet the Welsh nutritional guide lines for school lunches by our catering managers and working in partnership with food advisers from the National Health Promotion Service team. It is our aim to ensure that all pupils are provided with a healthy, well balance and nutritious meal.
We also cater for special dietary requirements either for medical therapeutic, ethnic or elective grounds.
In Merthyr Tydfil school meals are only made from:
Our Menus are run on a three week cycle with a strong focus on fresh fruit, vegetables and salads. Our commitment to healthy eating is reflected in the products we use, with most containing reduced saturated fat, sugar and salt. All our food products are oven baked or steamed, even the chips we serve are oven baked and during 2011 we removed chip fryers from every school kitchen.
Also wholemeal bread, yoghurt and water are available daily.
Given the current changing and fluid environment, the current school menu will run after the Easter Holiday break until the end of the academic year. The schedule will be as following for each week commencing:
Our main aim is to provide a healthy well balanced meal for school children at:
If you think your child may be entitled to free school meals please view the free school meals page for more information.
Meals are balanced and healthy and there is variety every day
We cater for vegetarians, special needs including medical diets and religious needs
Your child can join in with fun during promotions and competitions
Theme days are fun and nutritious and include such ones in the past as "Teddy Bears Picnic", "Oriental Day" and traditional days such as St. David's Day and Christmas Lunch
The menus adhere to The Healthy Eating in Schools Regulations 2013
Fully trained staff serving meals daily
We put a great deal of time, effort and resources into creating and promoting healthy menus and offering choices to children. We offer a three week menu of hot dishes, along with a baguette/sandwich menu. Our meals include a dessert and a drink. All schools offer unlimited wholemeal bread and, in addition to the dessert of the day, we also offer a limited choice of yoghurt or fresh fruit daily
See what’s on our menu
All the food and drinks that we offer in schools complies with the Healthy Eating in Schools (Nutritional Standards & Requirements) (Wales) Regulations.
A two course set main meal for a child is £2.30.
We put a great deal of time, effort and resources into creating and promoting healthy menus and offering choices to children. We offer a three week menu of hot dishes in the set menu option, along with a number of different hot and cold dishes that are varied daily and include Pasta bars, sub station's and noodle bars and all the food and drinks that we offer in schools complies with The Healthy Eating in Schools (Nutritional Standards & Requirements) (Wales) Regulations.
A set meal deal for a child is £2.70.
We offer a wide range of food and drinks so please see our latest prices for further details.
Whichever secondary school your child attends, we offer a cashless payment option to pay for school meals at every site
Our system allows your child to put money on to a special card via a cash revaluation terminal located in the school. The card is then used to pay for food and drink in the canteen.
The cashless card system works the same for all children whether they pay or have a free school meal. The amount allocated for the free school meal will be automatically added onto the system.
There are many benefits to your child having a school lunch. Schools are ideal places to encourage healthier eating and good choices in food for the pupils, which should assist in the prevention of childhood obesity and other health complications.
We are committed to improving standards of food served and developing a sustainable service for the future. Our aim is to provide a quality, value-for-money service and to contribute to the health and well-being of the community as a whole.