Hot School Meals
Mill on the Brue produce our hot school meals for Bruton Primary School. Menus change regularly and according to the season, a menu is available below and also from the school office for parents to view. Children going out on trips will receive a packed lunch provided by Mill on the Brue.
All children in Reception to year 2 are eligible to receive a Universal Infant Free School Meal. To enable us to order the appropriate number of meals, if you wish your child to receive a meal, please complete the attached application forms for Universal Infant Free School Meals. Parents will have to sign up for the academic year. Parents can choose the days they wish their child/children to have a hot school meal. However, this must be the same day(s) every week, for example every Tuesday and Thursday. There will be no changes to the days you have chosen in the current term. If you wish to change days or to start/stop receiving Universal Infant Free School Meals then please submit a new application form. The changes will be implemented after the next half term.
For Key Stage 2 (Years 3 to 6) the cost of a hot school meal for will be £2.40 a day, £12.00 a week. You may be entitled to free school meals, please contact the office for further information.
Parents will have to sign up for terms block at a time. Parents can choose the days they wish their child/children to have a hot school meal. However, this must be the same day(s) every week, for example every Tuesday and Thursday. There will be no changes to the days you have chosen in the current term.
Parents will be able to make any changes they require when they sign up for the following term.
Children attending a Somerset County Council school whose parents or carers receive certain benefits may be entitled to free school meals. It is the responsibility of the parents or carers to register their entitlement and request provision of free school meals for their child(ren).
If you require support in completing the forms, please contact the office.
Mill on the Brue
Mill on the Brue was started in 1982 originally providing summer holidays for children on their own. From there it expanded into school trips which it has been offering for over thirty years, both residential and day. In our own 25 acres we are able to give children, and adults, challenging, exciting and of course fun experiences and introduce them to many outdoor pursuits, such as canoeing on the Brue, high ropes, climbing, assault course, tunnelling, zip wires, etc as well as team building activities and tasks which they have never tried before. We now have approximately 4,500 visitors annually, 3,000 of whom are residential with full board for ten months of the year.
We have always based our menu planning on fresh home cooked meals with as much purchased locally as possible. For example meat, organic milk, cheese, and of course our own organic vegetables and fruit. We don’t use anything frozen or pre made. We pride ourselves on the variety and quality of the menu and most teachers (and many children) remark on how delicious they find the meals.
However, we all know that children can be picky especially if it is something they have not tasted before. Two years ago we were horrified to discover, that in spite of our efforts, about half a ton of food was being thrown away annually by children who were suspicious of the food, didn’t like it or had taken too much. Having wrestled with the problem and refusing to give up, we introduced a new and very simple method. We give them smaller portions to start with, encourage them to try it, and with an element of competition as we weigh all the waste daily, we have managed to halve the food waste. It is still a quarter of a ton but at least three schools this year have had zero waste while staying with us and the others are making a real effort not to throw away any. We display charts in the dining room, and the children (and adults!) can be seen calculating how much their school or the other schools have thrown away. There’s even a bin for the Mill on the Brue staff! Many of the schools have taken this idea back with them and introduced it at their school dinner times.
We consider that meal times are part of the experience of coming to Mill on the Brue; sitting together at a table, sharing, chatting, using a knife and fork, learning about and trying different foods and discovering they can taste very pleasant - new life skills for our future generations!