School meals are served between 11.45am and 12.45pm each day and all children are encouraged to stay for school lunch. Our school meals are provided by Chartwells who work with school to ensure meals are healthy of a high quality and nutritionally balanced.
From 6th September 2023 a school meal will cost £2.50 per day / £12.50 per week.
All meals must be ordered by completing the menu choice sheet available from the School Office and paid for online via ParentPay.
Our School Meals rotate on a three weekly cycle where children choose their main meal choice in advance. There is a choice of a meat, vegetarian or fish main dish throughout the week with a range of salads and a variety of desserts including yoghurts and fresh fruit available for children each day. School Meal Menus are available below as a pdf to view or from the School Office.
A Free School Meal is supplied to all children who are in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 (Key Stage 1) as well as to children whose parents are in receipt of Income Based Job Seekers Allowance, Income Support, or Child Tax Credit; provided they do not receive Working Tax Credit and have an annual income that does not exceed £16,190. If you think your child may be entitled to free meals please contact the school or the School Meals Team at Durham County Council (03000 268002). Every effort is made to ensure that children receiving free meals cannot be distinguished from other children.
As well as a school meal, children are welcome to bring a packed lunch to school. Please note, that if you wish your child to change their lunch time meal arrangements (ie move from school meal to packed lunch or vice versa) we require written notice. The change may only take place at the beginning of a HALF TERM, and therefore a letter would be required before the end of the previous half term.
If your child has a packed lunch we politely request that you do not provide them with sweets, crisps, chocolate bars or confectionary items which includes chocolate coated biscuits. Other children are not allowed them as this does not comply with our healthy eating policy. Fizzy confectionary drinks in cans or bottles are also not encouraged in school. We ask that you do not provide your child with nutella, peanut butter, nuts/seeds in a bag or any other nut based products. This is due to the adverse effect that can be caused to the children we have in school who have a nut allergy. Please ensure your child has a regular sized lunch box or bag.
Healthy Lunchbox Checklist
- A good portion of starchy food, e.g. thick wholemeal bread, chapatti, pita packet, pasta or rice salad.
- Plenty of fruit and vegetables, e.g. an apple, satsuma, handful of cherry tomatoes, carrot sticks, mini can of fruit in natural juice.
- Portion of milk or dairy food, e.g. individual cheese portion, pot of yoghurt.
- Portion of lean meat, fish or alternative, ham, chicken, beef, tuna, egg, humous or bean/lentil salad.
- A drink of fruit juice, milk or water
Please read our Packed Lunch Policy for more information.
Children bringing packed lunches must be able to manage the opening of their lunch boxes and contents.
The school is involved in a Government initiative to provide a piece of fruit for every Key Stage 1 child every day. This is usually eaten by children at morning breaktime. All pupils in school are welcome to bring additional fruit to eat at break time.
We run a milk scheme when children are in Reception in order that children can have the benefit of daily milk which provides calcium for strong bones, essential minerals, vitamins and as a source of protein and energy.
Reception children receive free milk until they turn 5 years old. Following that, parents can register and pay for their child to have milk until they leave the Reception class – please contact the school office for further details.
All children are encouraged to bring in a water bottle which they keep in their classroom and are refilled when necessary. They have access to these during class time, to prevent dehydration and to aid concentration.
School Meals Menu
Please find below the current School Lunch Menus available to download:
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