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Dundonald Primary

Our School Meals

School meals are a great way to be sure your child is eating a healthy and nutritionally balanced meal during the school day.

The Chartwells catering team freshly prepares the school meals on the premises in line with School Food Standards. School Food Standards support children to develop healthy eating habits and ensure that they get the energy and nutrition they need across the whole school day. Healthier food items like fruits and vegetables, whole grains and oily fish are promoted and less healthy items, like deep fried foods, manufactured meat products and added sugar drinks are restricted or prohibited on the school menus.

Every day a school meal intends to offer:
• 2 portions of fruits and vegetables,
• A dairy food item rich in calcium for strong bones and teeth,
• Starchy carbohydrates to provide energy,
• A protein source to support the body’s growth and repair.

School lunches consist of a main course and dessert and seasonal fresh fruit and vegetables. Children can help themselves to the salad bar. 

Special Diets are an important part of our catering provision and the safety of the children we cater for is our number one priority. Chartwells caters for a wide range of special dietary needs and offer a vegetarian option on a daily basis. They also provide an allergen-reduced menu tailored for pupils with allergies and/or intolerances to the 14 EU allergens. Halal meat can be provided on request.

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. 

Chartwells Sugar Reduction Case Study

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 £2.12 per day for our school meals (for children in Key Stage 2 - Year 3/4/5/6 - only) which must be paid for the half-term or full-term in advance via ParentMail. 

 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.

School Meals Order Form School Menu (28/10/2019 to 03/04/2020)

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.

Special Dietary Request Form

Packed Lunch

We encourage all children to eat school lunches.

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 Nuts Policy

A severe nut allergy can be life threatening. Since we have a number of children in school who suffer from a severe nut allergy, it is essential that children who have an allergy do not come in contact with nuts and/or nut products. With this in mind, we ask all parents, carers and staff to follow our No Nuts Policy and to be particularly vigilant with pre-wrapped foods like cereal bars.

Please take not of our school caterer's Nut Safety Statement:

Free School Meals Eligibility

Pupils may receive free school meals beyond Year 2 if their parent(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. 

Free School Meals Information Online Pupil Premium/Free School Meals Application 

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.