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School Meals

School Meals

The school kitchen is run by Lancashire County Commercial Services. The meals are all prepared on site using only high quality ingredients and represent excellent value for money; as such we encourage as many children as possible to take a lunchtime meal. 

The Key Stage 1 children are offered a choice of meals on a daily basis.  The Key Stage 2 children are provided with a menu each week and are asked to choose what they would like to eat in advance. A hot meal is available each day but your child may also choose sandwiches or wraps.  Your child may choose to bring a packed lunch but we encourage all children to bring healthy food for their lunch.

For Key Stage 2 children school meals will cost £2.30 a day. We would be grateful if all dinner money could be paid on Monday morning.  Please make any cheques payable to Lancashire County Council. 

Although children in Key Stage 1 will receive a free school meal through the new initiative we would still encourage any parent who thinks that they may be entitled to free school meals, via the previous school meals system, to contact the Pupil Access Team on 01772 533608, who will be able to advise you if you qualify.

To find additional information about whether your child is entitled to free school meals please click here.



Break Time Snacks

We are a healthy school and as such we encourage healthy eating.  Key Stage 1 children are provided with a piece of fruit and Key Stage 2 children are encouraged to bring fruit from home.  No crisps, chocolate or sweets are allowed at break times.



We encourage all children to drink water during the school day as research shows that it improves mental performance and increases concentration and attention span.  Water bottles may be brought into school and children may refill their water bottles from the sinks in each classroom during the day.

Free School Meals


How to claim:

Reception, Year 1 and Year 2

Pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 all qualify for a free school meal worth up to £418 per year, per child; you do not need to apply for this, simply contact your child's primary school.

Year 3 and above

For school pupils in Year 3 and above they could qualify for a free school meal if you receive:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit - if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)

To apply, simply ring your Area Education Office on 0300 123 6701. You will be required to provide your:

  • Name
  • Date of birth
  • National Insurance Number

For more information please visit www.lancashire.gov.uk.

Food Allergies


Lancashire Catering are happy to accommodate medical or cultural diets wherever possible.

Please let us know if your child has been prescribed a medical diet and Lancshire Catering will liaise with the school and dietician where appropriate.

For further information regarding the Allergen and Special Diets policy please click here.

Please click here to view information on Food safety, allergens and much more on the Food Standards Agency website.

For more in formation on allergies please view the following websites by clicking on the link buttons.


Healthy Food Games and Resources


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