“Nut Free” School Declarations

Dear Parent/Guardian,

Please see below part transcript of a letter received from the Head of Service- EA Catering re- school meals and nut allergens.


Dear Principal,

It has come to the notice of Environmental Health colleagues that a number of schools are issuing statements that they are “nut free”, in an effort to control risk for those pupils affected. Although the school catering service does not use nuts or products containing nuts in any recipes, we cannot claim to be nut free. 

Various products are used in recipies that do not contain nuts or nut derivatives, however the food packaging on thes products include “may contain” or “produced in a factory where allergens are present” statements. This is called precautionary allergen labelling (PAL) Precautionary allergen labelling checklist, Food Standards Agency. To help consumers make safe and informed choices, food businesses may voluntarily provide this information about the unintentional presence of allergens.

The catering service procure a high volume of food items from various suppliers. Frequent substitutions and product reformulation create the task of removing items with PAL from the kitchen extremely difficult. To ban all of these would also restrict the foods that could be offered, potentially affecting the legal requirement to meet nutrional standards for school lunches for all other pupils who avail of these, particularly pupils entitled to a free school meal.

Allergy UK do not recommend banning nuts at all, as it is a very difficult guarantee to make and could potentially cause a greater risk by creating a false sense of security.

https://www.allergyuk.org/living-with-an-allergy/at-school/faqs-for-parents/

The catering service continue to provide meals for all special dietrary requirements including pupils with nut allergies. The following guidance is available to support schools in relation to special dietary requirements of pupils.

https://www.eani.org.uk/parents/school-meals/dietary-requirements

Yours Sincerely,

Stephen Briggs- Head of Service- EA Catering

Free School Meals- Easter Break Payment

Dear Parent/Guardian,

Families entitled to Free School Meals will receive a payment from EA to support meals during the Easter break. This will be paid to your bank account (if details are available) or by cheque. For further information please contact the EA Helpdesk at the number below or check out their website at the web address given.

📞 Helpdesk: 02890 418044 (Mon- Fri, 9am – 4:30pm)

➡️ FAQs: ow.ly/63hf50IzHiN

Assessments & Parent / Teacher Meetings

Dear Parents / Carers

I wish to inform you that assessments of pupils started in school last week with year 7 pupils being assessed first and year 1 last.

Assessment, which normally occurs during the spring/summer terms but for obvious reasons didn’t happen this year until now. Much of the assessment takes place online and it is only now that we have opened up the ICT suit to let this happen.

Once results have been gathered and analysed we will be in a better position to give you an informed report on your child’s / children’s academic performance.

We hope to be in a position by the end of January 2021 to begin having parent teacher meetings.

School Dinners

From this point on your child can have school dinners on any day that is desired. You do not have to register for school dinners for the week but only for the days you want.

P Mc Donnell

Principal