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School lunches

School meals

The Government currently provides free school lunches for all students in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2.

The school also provides lunch for students in Years 3-6. Greenshaw High School currently supplies our lunches and the menus are updated on a termly basis. 

Lunches in Years R to 2 are provided free by the Government.  If you believe that you are entitled to Free School Meals in Years 3-6 due to low income, please apply through your local authority via the link below:

Apply for Free School Meals

Ordering School Lunches

Our meals are served on a three-week cycle, you can find full information on:Ordering School Lunches

Healthy Packed Lunches

Whilst hot meals are provided each day and provided free to students in years R, 1 and 2, we understand that some families prefer for their child to have a packed lunch from home and this option is available to you.

Preparing a good packed lunch

Lunch is an important part of the school day and it's important that your child receives a good balanced school lunch to feel fulfilled and ready for an afternoon of work in the classroom.

You must avoid sugary food, chocolate and nuts.  High sugar food add to dental decay and cause highs and lows during the day, they are best avoided.  Supermarkets often sell high sugar foods as if they are healthy - it's best to read the label.

The Eatwell Guide can really help you to make good choices, to provide a balanced packed lunch.

According to NHS choices a balanced lunchbox should contain:

  • Starchy foods like bread, rice, potatoes or pasta
  • Protein foods like meat, fish, eggs or beans
  • A dairy item, like cheese or yoghurt
  • Vegetables or salad and a portion of fruit

We do realise that children can be very fussy eaters and at lunchtime we will encourage them to eat and come back to you if we have any concerns.  We trust you to provide healthy food that your child can eat, you know best and we will work with you to ensure that your child is well fed at lunchtime.

At times, we find that parents pack too little, too much, or too much of the same thing.  We will feed this back to you as well.  Please remember that your child will have 25 minutes to eat lunch at the most, therefore please pack food which can be eaten in that time, even with all the distractions of the lunch hall.  You might need to practise at home.

Please bear in mind these really good lunchbox tips from Change4Life.

Food temperatures

It's worth investing in little ice blocks for the warmer weather, packed lunch bags are not refrigerated but we do keep them away from heat sources.  We recommend that in summer parents:

  • purchase a small ice block
  • add a chilled drink to reduce the temperature of the bag
  • make the packed lunch the night before and place it in the fridge.
  • use frozen bread, it will thaw by lunchtime and keep the ingredients cool.

If you have any concerns please contact your child's Class Teacher on Dojo or the School Office on office@stcecilias.school.  

You can find some great packed lunch ideas, like the three shown above, here on the Change4Life Website.
Change4Life Lunchbox Ideas

healthy packed lunches for early years fact sheet 214747607.pdf


At St. Cecilia's Catholic Primary School, we are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children in all circumstances and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. To read more about our commitment to safeguarding please view our safeguarding policy.