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 £2.10 per day payable weekly (£10.50 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.

Please note:  As of 1st September 2019 school meals will be £2.30 per day and therefore £11.50 per week.

Certified Ingredients

The catering service has been awarded the Soil Association's Food for Life Catering Mark, the Marine Stewardship Council’s Chain of Custody Standard, and the Good Egg Award.
The Food for Life award provides an independent guarantee that what's on your menu is freshly prepared, free from undesirable additives and better for animal welfare.
The Chain of Custody standard acknowledges that fish is only purchased from suppliers who support and source from sustainable fish stocks.
The Good Egg Awards celebrate companies who are showing leadership by sourcing or switching to cage-free eggs (barn, free-range or organic eggs).

Sample Menu

Please click on the link to view a Sample Menu.


Changes to Free School Meal Eligibility Under Universal Credit - April 2018

The eligibility criteria for free school meals have been changed. This letter explains the changes and how they might affect you.


What are the new eligibility criteria?

Children are entitled to receive free school meals if they or their parents or guardians receive any of the benefits below.

• Universal Credit, provided they have an annual net earned income not exceeding £7,400 (£616.67 per month)

• Income Support

• Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance

• Income-related Employment and Support Allowance

• Support under Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

• The guarantee element of Pension Credit

• Child Tax Credit, provided they are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190, as assessed by HMRC

• Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit


I don’t currently claim free school meals – what does this mean for me?

If you think you might be eligible for free school meals, submit a claim to your school or local authority. Your school should have a form you can use. The information you provide will be used to check if you are in receipt of a qualifying benefit and, if you are on Universal Credit, that your earnings do not exceed the threshold. If you claim Universal Credit, your earnings will be assessed from up to three of your last Universal Credit assessment periods.

If you are eligible, your school will be notified. Your child will receive free school meals and the school will receive extra funding.


I am currently claiming free school meals – what does this mean for me?

Most people won’t be affected by the new criteria. If you’re currently claiming free school meals, but don’t’ meet the new criteria, your child will continue to receive free school meals until the end of the Universal Credit rollout period. This will apply even if your earnings rise above the new threshold or if you stop being entitled to Universal Credit. The rollout period is currently scheduled to end in March 2022.

Once Universal Credit is fully rolled out, your child will keep their free school meal until the end of their current phase of education, i.e. primary or secondary.


Where can I get more information?

If you need any further information, please speak to a member of school staff or the local authority. You can also visit the free school meal website:

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