High Stile, Great Dunmow, Essex, CM6 1EB

Tel: 01371 872340


High Stile, Great Dunmow, Essex, CM6 1EB

Tel: 01371 872340

Kitchen Garden

Our Kitchen

The school catering and midday teams have always worked closely together to ensure the children’s lunchtime experience is positive. To build on this I have taken on the responsibility of managing the dining hall staff and am delighted to be welcoming Mrs Hopkins, Mrs Vince, Mrs White and our latest joiner Mrs Taylor to the team. We are going to be working together to improve the quality of the overall lunchtime experience for the children and will keep you updated on the changes we make and the impact these have.

We have enjoyed watching the new Reception children settle into school and their lunchtime routine. For those of you whose children are choosing packed lunches please encourage them to try the school dinners. As you are aware these are free for all children in Year R, 1 and 2 and you would be really surprised by what the children will try and eat when they are surrounded by friends doing the same. If you have any specific concerns e.g. that your child might not eat anything or might get upset please do talk to me directly. As a mother of 4 myself I am very aware of how quickly children’s food preferences change and know the importance of understanding their likes and dislikes while encouraging them to eat a healthy balanced diet. My email is lisa.tyrell@dsmprimary.essex.sch.uk or you can call me at school.

We hope you are enjoying our new look menu, a copy which is available here.

School Garden

We are delighted with the crops of food that we have produced this year. We harvested and passed to the kitchen strawberries, new potatoes, lettuce, chard, cucumber, onions and garlic. We also had a few surprises with round courgettes so big that they dwarfed the pumpkins and Trombonchinos which grew larger than expected! Mrs Tyrell had her hands full building these into the menu but the children loved the display and the fact that these were grown at school.

Sensory Garden

The next exciting thing to look out for in our School Grounds will be the planting of our new ‘Sensory Garden’. We have already started the creation of this new space within the current ‘Quiet Area’. You will have seen that some trellis has been painted in bright colours and we have added some tactile plaques inside this area for the children to touch and experience different textures. The next step will be to improve the planting and make this a lovely area for the children to enjoy. Watch this space!

Mrs Watts