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School Dinners


In Key Stage Two, the daily cost of a school dinner is £2.20 per meal from September 2015.  Meals are paid for via ParentPay.

Please note, that as from September 2014 children in FS2 and Key Stage 1 will be entitled to a free school meal as part of the government scheme for healthy schools.  

For both Key Stages, if you are officially entitled to free school meals due to lower income, please also fill in the relevant paperwork as your child will be entitled to other funding and benefits in addition to their free meals.


For children bringing lunch from home, a healthy packed lunch (according to the food standards Agency) should include:

  • Meat, fish or a dairy source of protein
  • Starchy carbohydrate, such as a wholegrain sandwich, to provide energy
  • At least one portion each of a fruit and vegetable or salad
  • Water or milk to drink, but diluted fruit juice and yogurt drinks or smoothies are acceptable

The key foods to avoid are:

  • Sweets and chocolate
  • Snacks, like crisps, with added salt/sugar/fat
  • Sugary and fizzy drinks
  • Deep-fried foods and processed meats
  • White bread - if children won't eat brown, try whole white sliced bread

In 2008, strict nutrition content guidelines for primary schools were introduced and extended to secondary schools in September 2009.  They include maximum/minimum levels of energy or calories and 13 different nutrients, including fat, salt and sugars.

The Schools Food Trust (an independent body set up to advise schools on healthy eating) says there are no plans to issue statutory guidance on packed lunches, but it has produced some sample lunchbox menus.