School Meals

I’m Mrs Fish, the cook at St Mary’s School. 
All the meals served to the children have to comply with strict nutritional guidelines brought in by the Government and the Council have an on-going training programme to keep us up to date with these. 
Myself and the dedicated team of ladies in the kitchen encourage the children to try new and different foods and enjoy a good rapport with them.
Research has shown that when children eat better, they do better. National school food standards were created to help schools to provide tasty, healthy food which gives children the best opportunity to learn and thrive. We’re here deliver great food to St Mary's children.
Thank you for supporting the School Meals Service and I hope we can continue playing our part in keeping your children healthy.

Free School Meals for Key Stage 1 Children (Reception, Year 1 and Year 2)

All children in Reception, year 1 and year 2 in state-funded schools in England are eligible for free school meals.

Please inform school if you do not wish to receive this offer, otherwise your child will automatically be opted in to the free school meal.

The school meal service offers all primary and special schools with a multi choice menu. 


School Meals for Key Stage 2 Children (Years 3, 4, 5, and 6)

School dinners are £2.00 per day payable weekly (£10 per week). Dinner money must be sent in to the school office in an envelope with your child's name and class clearly marked on it.  Money should be sent in on the Monday for the following week.

Sample Menus

Please click on the documents below to view sample menus.

File icon: pdf Sample Menus September 2017 [pdf 987KB] Click to download

Healthy Packed Lunches

At least one portion of fruit and one portion of vegetables every day.

Meat, fish or other source of non-dairy protein (eg lentils, kidney beans, chickpeas, hummus, and falafel) every day.

Oily fish, such as salmon, at least once every three weeks.

A starchy food such as any type of bread, pasta, rice, couscous, noodles, potatoes or other type of cereals every day.

Dairy food such as milk, cheese, yoghurt, fromage frais or custard everyday.

Only water, still or sparkling, fruit juice, semi-skimmed or skimmed milk, yoghurt or milk drinks and smoothies.

Packed lunches should have limited items such as:

Crisps - Instead, include seeds, vegetables and fruit (with no added salt, sugar or fat).  Savoury crackers or breadsticks served with fruit, vegetables or diary food are also a good choice.

Confectionary such as chocolate bars, chocolate-coated biscuits and sweets are not encouraged at school. Please only allow your child to eat cakes and biscuits as part of a balanced meal.

Meat products such as sausage rolls, individual pies, corned meat and sausages/chipolatas should only be included occasionally.


Please click on the link below for some ideas.

Change 4 Life Healthy Lunchbox Ideas


Free School Meals

Parents do not have to pay for school lunches if they receive any of the following:?

• Income Support (IS)

• Income-based Jobseekers Allowance (IBJSA)

• An income-related employment and support allowance

• Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

• Child Tax Credit (provided you are not entitled to Working Tax Credit) and have an annual income (as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs) that does not exceed the current year’s level

• The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit

• Working Tax Credit during the four-week period immediately after your employment finished, or after you start to work

  • No one will know you have registered and it will not affect any other benefits you are claiming.

Please click on the link below to access Oldham Council's website 'Applying for Free School Meals' or call 0161 770 6688.

Oldham Council Free School Meals