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"Where every child has the chance to shine"

School Meals, Milk and Daytime Snacks

School Meals

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 Parentmail.  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.



School Dinner Menu January 2020



Gluten Free & Dairy Free Menu January 2020


Special Menus 


Chinese New Year Tuesday 28th January 2020




Come Dine With Me

Parents/carers/grandparents are welcome to join us any time please book via the school office or by emailing the cost of a meal is  £3.00.


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.


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


At Ashlands we operate a social dining system where children taking school dinners sit with those bringing packed lunches.  By doing this they are secure in the knowledge that they always have a seat amongst their friends and they can enjoy their food in a relaxed and civilised way.  We use two dining areas and endeavour to ensure there is a continuous flow of children in the self service area to avoid long queues and delays.

Children can bring a packed lunch if they would prefer. 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 at lunchtimes are catered for with games and peer leaders. 


Paying for school meals

From September 2019 the cost of a school meal is  £2.00 per day, £10.00 per week, payable in advance. The cost of a school meal is reviewed annually by the school Governors and Parents are informed via Parentmail.

Parents are able to view the current balance for their child / children for school meals by signing onto Parentmail at any time. Dinner money can be paid via Parentmail PMX 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 Parentmail PMX and are unsure how to do this please contact the school office.  


Universal Free School Meals

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

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.


Come Dine With Me

Parents/Grandparents/Carers (sorry no siblings) to join their children for lunch any day of the week.  The cost of a meal is £3.00 and can be booked and paid for in advance at the school office. 


School Milk

Milk is available for pupils all pupils.  This is free to Nursery and Reception children.  A small charge (reviewed annually) payable at the end of each term (for the next term) is made for all other children.  We are not able to provide a refund on the days when children are absent.


 Day Times Snacks

Children in Key Stage 1 are provided with a fruit or vegetable snack at morning break.  This is through the National Fruit and Vegetable Scheme and there is no charge.

Children in Key Stage 2 may bring fruit snack/vegetable snack if they wish.  Sweets, chocolate, biscuits or crisps are not allowed.  Snacks should be marked with the child’s name.

Children are encouraged to bring in bottled water and bottles can be filled at the fountains around school.  Other drinks are not allowed.  Please ensure that your child has a named bottle.

Children in nursery and reception do not need a water bottle as water is available through the day at the snack table.