School Meals

New standards for school meals mean they have never before been so nutritious and varied. We hope the information below will highlight why school meals are a good value, nutritious option at lunchtime and give you an insight to the good work that is being achieved by our School Kitchen.

How to choose a school meal?
There is one choice of main meal each day; however, children can choose between either a pudding or fruit

Free School Meals
This applies to all pupils regardless of which year they are in.  If you are receiving Income Support or Income Based Jobseekers Allowance your child may be entitled to Free School Meals.

Cost of a school meal and how to pay
Children in Foundation Stage, Year 1 and Year 2 qualify for a Universal Free School Meal (This Government run scheme is different to Free School Meals)

For children in Years 3 – 6 a school meal costs £2.35 per day or £11.75 per full week.  You can pay by cash or cheque or on-line.  Cheques should be made payable to DCC.

All school meals should be paid for in advance

School Milk for All Pupils
We are able to supply cartons of milk on a daily basis to all children. It is free to all children under the age of 5 and subsidised for children age 5 and above at approximately £15 per term.  If you would like your child to receive milk at school during the day please register at the following website

Milk for Free School Meal Children
Children entitled to statutory Free School Meals are eligible to receive free milk on a daily basis.  If you would like your child to receive free milk please let your School Administrator know.

Why Choose School Meals?
Lunch time is an important part of a child’s school day, giving pupils a break with friends and the chance to re-charge their batteries ready for the afternoon’s activities.

School meals can be a fantastic way to encourage children to try new things – sitting with their friends and seeing what they eat is often all the encouragement they need.

We think that there are many good reasons why choosing a school meal is the best lunchtime option for children.

Our Menus

  • Our tasty school meals operate on a 2 week cycle.
  • Our menus meet the government’s nutritional standards for school meals.
  • We change the menu three times a year.
  • Menus are seasonal, varied and balanced, provide all allergen information.
  • Special diets are catered for to provide those children with a similar meal to the daily choice.
  • We aim to ensure our food comes from reputable suppliers paying particular attention to local, fresh produce, traceability and low food miles.
  • We use an award winning “Taste of West” local butcher who produces good quality local traceable meat.
  • Our standard store cupboard goods are delivered weekly from a local “Taste of the West” member.
  • Our fruit & vegetables are delivered by a local “Love the Flavour” member.
  • Our dairy products are also delivered by a local supplier.

Balanced Nutrition

  • By choosing school meals you can rest assured that your child has a tasty and nutritious meal everyday, packed full of the goodness that growing bodies need
  • Children who eat a well balanced diet at lunchtime are more likely to have better concentration levels in the afternoon, improving their learning, behaviour and health
  • Help your child towards the target of consuming ‘5-a-day’

Social Skills

  • Provides the opportunity to further develop their social skills as they sit down with friends to enjoy their meals
  • School meals help encourage good eating habits from an early age

It saves you the time and effort of planning and preparing a varied and nutritious lunch for your child.  It’s one less job for busy parents to do!