School Nutrient Standards

The nutrient standards presented here are those from the School Food in England Departmental Advice report from the Department of Education (July 2014), which can be found here and the latest School Food Standards (January 2015), which can be found here.

The Department of Education say that the food standards are in place at school to make sure:

  • that the food provided to pupils in nutritious and of high quality.

  • to promote good nutritional health in all pupils.

  • to protect those who are nutritionally vulnerable.

  • and to promote good eating behaviour.

An average secondary school lunch should contain...

... no more than 25.1 grams of fat.

... no more than 7.9 grams of saturated fat.

... no more than 18.9 grams of added sugars

... no more than 714 miligrams of sodium

... no less than 86.1 grams of carbohydrates

Schools MUST provide...

Fruit & Vegetables

Fresh Drinking Water

Healthier Drinks

Oily Fish


And schools must make sure that...

  • There are no snacks other than nuts, seeds, fruit or vegetables, all without added fat, salt, sugar or honey.

  • Ketchup or mayonnaise are only available in sachets or individual portions of 10 grams (1 teaspoon).

  • Salt cannot be added to the food by students.

  • Potatoes or chips that are cooked in oil or fat are not available more than 3 days a week in the school canteen.

  • No confectionery, such as chocolate or sweets, are sold in the school canteen.

  • Cakes and biscuits are only sold at lunchtime, and shouldn't contain confectionery.

  • There are no more than 2 deep-fried options per week.

  • Burgers, sausages, meat pies, pasties or sausages rolls or other coated meats (e.g. nuggets) are not available more than once per fortnight.

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