The School Food Trust](http://www.schoolfoodtrust.org.uk/) has released a new guide for new secondary school children to help them get the most out of healthy school catering.
More than 12,000 pupils starting in year 7 in September across England will receive the guide, following research that found children often report feeling overwhelmed in the canteen as they start secondary school.
The [Secondary School Meals, Eat Better Do Better ](http://www.schoolfoodtrust.org.uk/parents-carers/resources/guide-to-secondary-school-meals)guide aims to make the transition easier by explaining what new pupils and their parents and carers can expect from lunchtime at the new school.
Kirsten Bolton, senior marketing manager at the School Food Trust said: "It's easy for a child going up to secondary school to feel worried about noisy canteens, which tend to be bigger and busier than at primary school, but we hope this guide will bust some of the myths and encourage children to try the great food on offer.
"If we can encourage Year 7s to give school lunches a try this September, we're on the right track to keep them coming back for more."
Local authorities in Bristol, Milton Keynes, North Somerset, Sunderland, Darlington, Stockton, Waltham Forest and Worcestershire are distributing the guides to pupils at the start of term.
By Janie Stamford
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