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Healthy Schools and Catering

Healthy Students

At Haggerston we put an emphasis on healthy eating and enabling students to make informed health choices. Our range of hot or cold meals and snacks, includes both vegetarian and Halal meals. We encourage students to drink fresh water throughout the day and allow students to drink from their own water bottles in lessons.

Students in receipt of Free School Meals, will find a range of filling and nutritional, balanced options, including the hot food meal deals, that are affordable within their allowance. If you are not in receipt of Free School Meals but believe you may be eligible, further information can be found on the Hackney Education website:

To ensure safety, only Sixth Form students are permitted to leave the school site at lunchtime.

Free Breakfast Club

Students at Haggerston School start their day with a free, healthy breakfast thanks to a new government initiative. Haggerston School works in partnership with the Family Action Charity to provide a tasty range of food including cereals and bagels. The morning offering, provided by the Department for Education via the National School Breakfast Programme, is free to all students between 07.45-08:45 am every weekday in the canteen. Options available include Corn Flakes, Rice Crispies, porridge and bagels. Students do not need to register in advance and can just turn up on the day. Please visit the Family Action website for more information on the National School Breakfast programme:

Great Choice, Great Value

To ensure variety, our menus work on a three week rotation and at just £2.61 the student meal deal, consisting of main course and dessert, offers a healthy lunch at amazing value for money. The published menu is subject to change, but in all such cases allergen information will be provided in the Canteen.

Our current menus are shown below:

Healthy Food

To support our healthy eating plan, we have partnered with Taylor Shaw to deliver catering services within our school from September 2021. Here are a few words from Taylor Shaw:

As your school’s catering provider, Taylor Shaw honestly does see food differently. We have more than 20 years’ experience in delivering delicious, nutritious and varied meals in schools across the UK. Your school’s friendly Catering Team is here to deliver a fresh food experience. Our service is innovative with a high street twist! The restaurant provides a wide selection of freshly prepared food, snacks and hot & cold drinks, coupled with the best service experience in the industry.

We have a reputation for using only the best, finest quality ingredients. Our dishes contain 95% fresh ingredients. Our philosophy is built on freshly cooked meals that are prepared from scratch every day using the best possible ingredients that are also locally sourced wherever possible.

A bit about our food:

  • Marine Stewardship Council fish (MSC) is used, which meets the high standards of sustainability and traceability
  • Meals contain no undesirable food additives or hydrogenated fats
  • High levels of local procurement of meat, dairy, fruit, vegetables and salads used daily
  • Red Tractor (farm assured) meat
  • Free Range Eggs
  • All menus are seasonally aligned, where possible, to meet the Food for Life standards

You could save money and time:

A typical packed lunch is likely to cost as much, if not more than the typical school meal would cost. Especially if it has products such as tinned drinks, crisps or chocolate in it. Similarly, the nutritional value of a packed lunch falls way below that of a school meal based on 2012 national research, which established that only 1% of school lunch boxes met nutritional standards. Choosing a school mean also takes away the hassle of making them of course!

You can find out more about Taylor Shaw on their website: 

Special Diets/Allergies

We are committed to providing meals for children needing special diets for medical requirements, where possible. Taylor Shaw (our Catering provider) work closely with their suppliers and aim to be as accurate as possible but it must be noted that they can only be guided by the information the suppliers provide, similar to the process of a parent catering for a child’s special diet.

It is essential that all parties concerned work together when providing a safe special diet and that this is reviewed with every menu change, therefore please ensure that you inform the school’s Student and Data Services ( of any special diet / allergy requirements.

Online Payments

We strongly recommend that parents and carers use our online payment system to credit student dinner money accounts. This avoids having to send your child in with cash and allows you to view their meal choices online. Click here to find out more.