Dinner Money/Cost

The daily cost of a school dinner is £2.50 per meal (£12.50 per week). All meals must be paid for in advance for a full week.

Would parents please make payments online. You will find a link to tucasi/scopay on our home page.

If your child is in Reception or Key Stage 1 they will be entitled to a free School Meal under the ‘Universal Free School Meal’ scheme.

According to advice from the Food Standards Agency, a healthy packed lunch 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.

Free School Meals

Please note that all enquiries are confidential.  You are entitled to free school meals, for your family, if you receive:

  • Income Support;
  • Income based Job Seekers Allowance;
  • Income-based Employment Support Allowance
  • The guarantee element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (but not if you also get Working Tax Credit) and have an annual income under £16,190; or
  • if you are an asylum seeker supported by the National Asylum Support Service.

For more details you can:

  • contact the school; or
  • phone the Free School Meals Team on 01782 236813 (Minicom for the hearing impaired 01782 232331).