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Ashlands Primary School

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"Where every child has the chance to shine"

School Meals at Ashlands

Meals are prepared on the premises using fresh local produce wherever possible. We run a 3 week cycle of lunches and our Catering Manager operates a Healthy Options menu. This is published around school and sent out to parents via Arbor.  Both hot and cold options are available and we cater for children who are vegetarian or have food allergies. On occasion it may be necessary to change the menu; we do try to keep this to a minimum.


From November 2021, children can decide on a daily basis if they would like to have a school dinner or packed lunch. Teachers take the dinner register at the start of the school day,  this will then charge your child's dinner money account accordingly.  Meals cost £2.10 and can be paid for via the Arbor parent portal.


We ask that children who do bring packed lunches  do not bring hot food / drinks in vacuum flasks and we do not allow children to bring sweets.  Drinks should be sent in a non-breakable leak proof container. Although we do not feel it is the school’s responsibility to ‘police’ lunch boxes, parents are asked to ensure that packed lunches are balanced, healthy and properly satisfying.


A team of Lunchtime Supervisors look after the children in the dining room and in the playground.  In the event of wet weather children are supervised in classrooms.  We make every effort to ensure that children are catered for with games and peer leaders. 


We operate a nut and seed free kitchen.

We also ask that nuts / products containing nuts (including peanut butter and Nutella)

are not sent into school.

Universal Free School Meals

From September 2014 all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 receive a free school meal.


Economic Free School Meals

Children in Years 3-6 and Nursery may be entitled to a free school meal if your joint family income is less than £16,190 per year or if you (*1) are in receipt of any of the benefits listed below:

  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income- related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support from NASS (National Asylum Support Service) under part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.
  • The guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (with no Working Tax Credit) with an annual income of no more than £16,190
  • Working Tax Credit run-on
  • Universal Credit

*1 This includes those who have parental rights for the child/children named on this form.

Parents should make their Free School Meal claim online at:

This is the quickest method of application. There is a downloadable pdf form on this page that can be printed off from this link. If you have any difficulties please contact the school office for assistance.   


Any queries regarding school meals or if your child has a dietary requirement please email: 

Paying for school meals

The cost of a school meal is  £2.10 per day, payable in advance.

The cost of a school meal is reviewed annually by the school Governors and Parents are notified via Arbor.

Parents are able to view the current balance for their child / children for school meals by signing into Arbor at any time. Dinner money can be paid via Arbor or by cash or cheque. Cheques (made payable to Ashlands Primary School with the child’s name and class on the back of the cheque) any cash should be placed in an envelope marked with the child’s name and the amount enclosed and handed in at the school office.  

If you wish to pay via Arbor and are unsure how to do this please contact the school office.

Click here for the Spring Term Menu 

Watch this space for our Themed Menus coming this term......

Ashlands kitchen has a 5 Star Hygiene rating.

This is the top rating possible and means that our kitchen hygiene standards are very good.