School Dinners

Christmas Dinner day will be on Friday 11th December – this is also Christmas Jumper Day, but that’s another story!

Please see the letter below for further information:

Christmas Dinner letter 2020


School Dinner arrangements as from September 2020

Cost –
School dinners are £2.40 per day (£12 per week), payable in advance (unless you qualify for Free School Meals).
Note for new Year 3 parents – please check with us to confirm that we have you down as Free School Meals on our records (if applicable). If we do not, and you think you are eligible, you will need to apply to Nottinghamshire County Council – see link below; please speak to us if you need help with this. Until we receive notification of your eligibility, you will have to pay for school dinners.

If you would prefer for your child to bring in a packed lunch from home, that is absolutely fine. Packed lunches should be in a small plastic lunchbox labelled with the child’s name. Drinks should be in an unbreakable container (no cans, fizzy drinks, chocolate, crisps
or sweets please).

Due to the current restrictions, we will initially be unable to offer hot meals in school. There will instead be a ‘sandwich bag’ meal, consisting of sandwich/roll, piece of fruit, a small packet of crisps, & a ‘pudding’ item – biscuits/muffin etc.
The sandwich/roll will be a choice of ham, cheese, tuna, egg, or chicken.
Gluten-free is available on request; please also advise us of any dietary requirements/allergies.

You will need to book for the week ahead by Monday morning, confirming your child’s choice of sandwich/roll for each day that week. Without prior booking, we will not be able to guarantee that a sandwich bag will be available, or that your child will get their choice of sandwich.
To book, please email with the days you wish your child to have a meal, and the sandwich/roll choice.

Unless you qualify for Free School Meals, meals need to be paid for in advance, on ParentPay – please request a registration letter for this.  You can put any amount onto your ParentPay account, it does not have to be in multiples of £2.40.

Breakfast Club
This costs £2.75 per day. Again, please book for the week ahead by Monday morning, and pay in advance on ParentPay – you can ‘buy’ up to 20 days’-worth at a time.

Tuck Shop

This will still be available at break-time, serving pizza muffins (40p), crumpets (40p) fruit juice (50p) and toast (20p). Children should bring in cash for this on the day (maximum £1, exact change if at all possible).


Some of you may have previously enjoyed coming to one of our special ‘Lovely Lunches’ – we will resume these as soon as circumstances allow.


If you believe you may be eligible for Free School Meals, please follow the link below to apply:



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