School Lunches

Children can have a school meal or bring a packed lunch of their own

Lunches At School

The school has its own kitchen and provides an excellent variety of meals daily. From September 2019, our contract caterer is Chartwells. Please access our menu here.

​Children who bring in a packed lunch are welcome to sit with those who have school dinners.

If your child stays for school lunch and is likely to be late to school for any reason, please contact the School Office by 10:30 to order a meal for them. Meals cannot be ordered after this time.

We have moved to electronic payments using the facilities provided by Parent Pay.

The cost of a school meal is currently £2.30. If you feel your child may be eligible for free school meals, please ask at the school office for an application form or click here.

Criteria For Free School Meals

You are eligible if you are in receipt of the following:

  • Income Support;
  • Income Based Job Seekers Allowance;
  • Income Related Employment and Support Allowance;
  • Child Tax Credit, as long as you do not get Working Tax Credit and whose annual income (as assessed by HM Revenue & Customs) does not exceed £16,190;
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration & Asylum Act 1999;
  • Guarantee element of State Pension Credit;
  • Universal Credit (with an annual take home pay of no more than £7,400, as assessed by earnings from up to three of your most recent assessment periods).

All pupils in Reception, year 1 and year 2 are entitled to a free school meal under the government’s Universal Infant Free School Meal scheme.

Packed lunches

Parents should encourage their children to eat a healthy packed lunch. Fizzy drinks, sweets, crisps, chewing gum and chocolate are not permitted.

As there are currently children in school with nut allergies, it would be appreciated if chocolate spread, peanut butter or packets of nuts were not included in your child’s packed lunch.

Lunch boxes should be clearly labelled with the child’s name and class.

Reception children

From September 2014, free milk is available every day for all children aged under five as part of the national Universal Free Infant School Meals scheme. At St Luke’s, this milk is supplied by Cool Milk. In order for children to be able to receive their free milk, we are required to pass on to Cool Milk children’s names, dates of birth and parents’ contact details. Once a child turns five, parents are offered the opportunity to pay a subsidised rate for their child to continue to receive milk.

(All information handled by the Cool Milk group is processed in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. All personal information is securely stored on Cool Milk’s UK servers and is never passed on to third parties without parents’ permission. Please let us know, if you are not happy for us to pass on your details to Cool Milk.)

Years 1 to 6

​Subsidised milk is also available for years 1 to 6. Registration forms are available from the school office, or apply online at

​​Children aged 5-11, who are entitled to free school meals but not universal free school meals, are also entitled to free milk. Forms are available from the school office.

Snacks and Water

As a healthy mid-morning snack, we encourage children to bring fruit (fresh or dried) or raw vegetables (no sweets, chewing gum or crisps please). Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 pupils are provided – free of charge – with a portion of fruit or vegetable each day.

For younger children, where parents wish to provide the mid-morning snack themselves, it is recommended that it is prepared for easy eating and stored in a small plastic container. Children are encouraged to drink water throughout the day.

Drinking water is available on tap in every classroom. It is recommended that every child brings in an individual, labelled water bottle.