Brookfield has managed its own kitchens since 2005, and the midday meal is prepared in our own kitchen. There are two choices of main dish, (one a vegetarian option and an additional fish option most days), a selection of vegetables, salads and puddings including yogurt fresh fruit. Our school has achieved Healthy School Status, partly as a result of our fantastic food and consistently receives 5 stars for its Food Hygiene Rating.
The menu is revised regularly, taking children’s preferences into account. Older children act as Lunch Buddies to support the younger children and ensure smooth running in the lunch hall.
Update, spring 2021:
From April 2021, our school kitchen will be managed by Caterlink.
- Brookfield will continue to provide high quality meals
- All meals will continue to be cooked on site from fresh ingredients
- All our current catering staff will be transferred to Caterlink’s employment
- Our fresh food will be delivered by the same supplier that we currently use
- Brookfield will remain in control of our menu e.g. meat free Mondays
- There will be a smooth transition from a Brookfield run kitchen to one managed by Caterlink with a
dedicated contract manager
Updates to menu during COVID
(Last updated 21/09/20)
Menu A and menu B alternate throughout the term.
Monday (Meat Free Mondays)
Vegetarian sausages with mashed potato
Steamed fish and rice
Lemon and herb parmesan risotto
Sweet potato and lentil korma with rice
Sticky lemon chicken thighs and potato wedges
Three bean stew, butternut squash and couscous
Baked potato and baked beans
Monday (Meat free Mondays)
Vegetarian curry and rice
Herb crusted fish with steamed potatoes
Cheese and onion pasty
Creamy chicken and pie
Spaghetti or penne arrabbiata
Mexican bean wrap
Vegetarian chili con carne with rice
All served with seasonal salads and a choice of vegetables. Desserts contain as little sugar as possible. Yogurt and fresh fruit is offered daily as an alternative dessert.
Children may bring packed lunches, which should be brought in a small labelled, robust lunchbox (not a rucksack) and may include the following: filled sandwiches or bread rolls, samosas, chapatis, pasta, rice, salad, fresh fruit and vegetables, yoghurt and a plain biscuit or a plain piece of cake. Sweets, chocolate, crisps, and soft drinks are not allowed. Water is always available.
Payment for meals.
School meals currently cost £2.40 per day. This charge increases each year in April. Payment may be made either online (please see link below) or by either cash or cheque, payable to Brookfield School, weekly, monthly or half-termly.
If you would like to use the online facility you should contact the office staff who will give you a letter containing a unique identifier and instructions on how to register. Once registered you can then use this link to make online payments.
If you are paying by cash or cheque, either pay at the office, or send the money with your child in a sealed envelope. As we manage our own kitchens, and non-payment has to be met out of the education budget, we are not able to allow large arrears. We expect payment to be made in full by the end of each half term. Children may switch between school meals and packed lunches at the end of a half-term only. Please inform the office of the change as soon as possible and by the first day back at the latest.
Free school meals are currently available for children whose families receive Income Support, Income-based Job Seekers Allowance, Child Tax Credits. Applications must be made online to www.camden.gov.uk/fsm. All children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 also receive free school meals funded by the government.