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School Meals

Our school meals follow a healthy-eating policy.


Our meals are produced freshly every day in a school kitchen from only:


  • fresh meat and poultry sourced from the region;
  • fruit and vegetables sourced regionally where possible using local suppliers;
  • products free from additives associated with health problems in young children;
  • fats free from hydrogenated oils; with
  • menus that are nutritionally balanced


We are fortunate to have our own kitchen in school and an amazing cook. Excellent school meals are provided and are available for all pupils. Vegetarian and special medical diets are also catered for and the cook will work closely with families to meet the needs of all.


Children who do not have a school meal may either bring a packed lunch or go home for dinner. We strongly encourage children to stay for a school dinner - it is a time when staff and children can be together in a relaxed social situation.


We hold termly family meals when parents are invited in to have a meal with their children.


The current price of a school meal is £2.95 (£14.75 per week). Dinner money should be paid in advance on ParentPay (Login details can be obtained from the school office).


Some children may be eligible for free school meals, details about which are available from the Area Education Office.


Free School Meals


Free school meals are available to children whose parents are in receipt of one or more of the following benefits:


  • income support
  • income-based job seeker's allowance
  • income-related employment and support allowance
  • child tax credit with an income of less than £16,190 and not in receipt of working tax credit
  • support under part VI of the immigration and asylum act 1999
  • guarantee element of state pension credit.


Where parents are entitled to working tax credit during a four week "run on" period immediately after their employment has ceased, or after they have started to work less than 16 hours per week, their children are entitled to free school meals.


Children who receive income support or income based jobseeker's allowance in their own right are also entitled to free school meals. 


Should you meet the above criteria, you can apply by using the application form in the useful downloads section.  Applications are usually processed the same day.


If your child is entitled to free school meals you will receive a letter confirming the date when the meals will start. The school is also notified that your child is entitled to free school meals. In the meantime, you should continue to pay for free school meals until confirmation comes through. Schools may be able to arrange a reimbursement of any monies paid whilst your entitlement is being confirmed.


If you are not entitled to free school meals you will be notified in writing.