Orchard Primary School provides healthy school meals for our pupils so that they can be supported to have a healthy, balanced diet. The meals are brought in by an external provide
The menu on offer is in line with the School Meals Healthy Eating Standards published by the Department for Education. We follow a menu system that repeats every 3 weeks and is published on our website.
At Orchard Primary School, our pupils are offered two options for food at lunchtime:
• A school meal
• A healthy packed lunch from home
To make a lunch payment for your child online please click on the icon below, the cost of the meal will be £2.60 per child per meal:
Children who are free school meals can also use the School Money system to book meals in advance. Using this facility means children will not need to specify their meal options every day in the classroom which will avoid any unnecessary arrears.
For guidance on how to use the School Money website please 'click here'.
Free School Meals
From September 2014, every child in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2, in state-funded schools, has been offered a free school lunch. This provision may extend to further year groups in the future but for now any parents claiming free school meals for pupils in Y3 to Y6 MUST still complete the application form for the entitlement to continue.
For further information, please click on the link – Free Meals Entitlement Renewal Letter 2022-23
Registering for free meals could raise an extra £1,320 per child for the school, to fund valuable support like extra tuition, additional teaching staff or after school activities. All this funding is linked to our Pupil Premium Grant allocated from the DFE. For further information on how this money is spent please click ‘here’.
To register your child/children, please complete and return the application below to the school office as soon as possible.
Pupils who bring a packed lunch sit alongside others who are having a school meal. There are staff on hand to assist all pupils. The school provides fresh drinking water for all.
• Packed lunches should be brought to school each day in a suitable container which is labelled with your child’s full name and class.
• Orchard Primary School promotes healthy eating and therefore does NOT allow any fizzy drinks, crisps, chocolates or sweets in lunch boxes. One small treat item such as a brioche roll is allowed occasionally as part of a balanced diet but should not be given every day.
• Lunch boxes will be carefully monitored to ensure there is sufficient food and a healthy meal. Items such as fizzy drinks, crisps, chocolates or sweets will be removed and given back to parents at the end of the day. Any concerns noted will be reported to the parent via the class teacher/TA.
• Pupils are encouraged to finish their lunch. Any uneaten food will be left in lunch boxes, which are to be taken home at the end of the day. Click on the link below for more ideas:
If your children have any allergies which the school need to be aware of please come and speak to the admin team as a special lunch menu will need to be provided for any children who are taking school meals. This is to ensure that the allergies are catered for.
A special menu can take up to 3 weeks to come through as it is drafted by the Head office of our catering team once initial paperwork is sent by the school, therefore please ensure you inform the office in good time. During the period a special menu is being drawn up for your child it is recommended to provide your child with a packed lunch.
If you have any questions please speak to a member of the office team.
Allergies - NUTS
Please note that in order to maintain the safety of pupils and staff, Orchard Primary is a nut-free school. If you are providing a healthy packed lunch for your child, please ensure that you do not include peanuts, tree nuts or any food containing nuts such as peanut butter or Nutella.