School meals are a great way to be sure your child is eating a healthy and well-balanced meal during the school day.
The team from our catering company Chartwells freshly prepare the meals on the premises offering an excellent, wide variety of tasty school lunches every day of the week, including vegetarian and traditional dishes. We can also provide halal meat on request.
Our lunches consist of a main course and dessert and seasonal fresh fruit and vegetables. Children can help themselves to the salad bar.
We want lunchtimes to be a happy, healthy and safe experience for all our children. Lunchtime Supervisors are on duty throughout the lunchtime period and the Senior Leadership Team supervise on a rota basis.
Meals must be taken 5 days per week; new meals must be ordered at least two working days in advance using the School Meals Order Form below.
If your child prefers to bring a packed lunch please ensure that this contains no nuts as we have children with severe nut allergies in school. Any drinks sent in should be in a plastic container or carton; no glass or cans of fizzy drinks should be brought into school. Please ensure that the lunch boxes are clearly labelled.
We offer guidance to parents/carers as to suitable healthy lunchbox choices and discuss healthy eating choices with our children.
No Nut Policy
Dundonald is a "nut free" school and children/staff are encouraged not to bring products containing nuts to school.
School Meal Costs
All pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are entitled to a school meal 'free of charge' under the Universal Infant Free School Meal Funding. This means you only start paying for your child's school meal from Year 3.
We currently charge £2.05 per day for our school meals which must be paid for the half-term or full-term in advance by ParentPay. From September 2019 the cost for school meals will increase to £2.12 per meal for children in Key Stage 2 (Year 3/4/5/6).
A credit will be given if your child is sick, on a school trip or if we receive a written notification a week in advance of an appointment affecting your child’s uptake of school meals.
Special Dietary Meals
If your child has dietary requirements on medical or religious grounds, special meals may be ordered for her/him. Please complete the Special Dietary Request Form if you wish a special meal to be ordered. A meal plan will need to be completed by the catering company before meals can be taken.
Free School Meals Eligibility
Pupils may receive free school meals if their parents(s)/carer(s) are in receipt of:
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Universal Credit
- Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- other support
For further information on the above or to make an online application please visit the link below.
Alternatively the Pupil Premium and Free School Meals Application Form can be completed and returned. Application forms can also be picked up from the school office.
Parents/carers are encouraged to apply for free school meals even if they prefer their child to have packed lunch, as this attracts valuable additional funding for the school.