From September 2014, the Government has provided funding to enable primary schools in England to offer a free lunch to every child in their Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 classes. This is known as the Governments’s school food plan.

Research has shown that healthy free school meals improve children’s learning and productivity, whilst saving you money in tough times. Our meal provider is Poole Grammar School. In 2008, Poole Grammar was selected as a flagship school as part of the Food For Life Partnership. The initiative promotes healthy eating for pupils, sustainable food sourcing, higher organic content menus, reducing food miles and embedding a healthy food culture. Poole Grammar obtained the Bronze Food For Life Partnership Award in 2009, the Silver in 2011 and the Gold in 2014.

You can download a menu for the Summer term here.

Hot meals are delivered fresh each day and are cooked in the kitchen at Poole Grammar School.

Menus are sent out via parent mail. You have the option to order a MEAT or VEGETARIAN option for your child, if you do not state a preference by the deadline date, then a MEAT option meal will be ordered for your child. Therefore you only need to notify the school office if you require a VEGETARIAN option, if you have any SPECIAL DIETARY requirements or if you will be providing your child with a PACKED LUNCH.

Parents will need to provide a drink for their child during lunch time, for mid-morning breaks and water to sip throughout the day.

Please find attached allergy matrix sheets for the spring term;

Pupil Premium and Free School Meals

Where a child qualifies for Free School Meals because their Parent is in receipt of one of the benefits below the school will receive additional funding in the form of the Pupil Premium.

Free school meals are available for children whose parents receive:

  • Income Support
  • Jobseeker’s Allowance (income-based)
  • Employment and Support Allowance (income-based)
  • Child Tax Credit based on income below £16,190
  • The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Asylum Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Working   Tax   Credit   ‘run-on’   (this   is  the   payment   someone   may   receive   for   a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)

Children who receive Income Support or income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance in their own right qualify as well.

If you are entitled to claim free meals, please fill out the Application Forms. [Click for application form] Application forms for free school meals are available also from the School Office. Please complete one even if your child will not be taking a hot lunch – this information helps with our funding.

Packed Lunches

If your child has tried the Hot School Meal and would prefer instead to eat a packed lunch, please notify the office that your child no longer wishes to recieve a hot lunch. Lunch boxes are kept in class and they must be in a secure container for safety and hygiene. All lunch boxes must be clearly marked with your child’s name and class name. In order to support our Healthy School standards we encourage you to not to send sweets, chocolate or fizzy drinks. In the interest of health and safety for children and staff with nut allergies, please can we also ask you not to include any items containing NUTS.

Mid-morning Drink

At morning break pupils may have a drink of water or milk and a piece of fruit. Fruit is provided free of charge for children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. Milk can be ordered from Cool Milk and must be paid for termly in advance. Milk is provided free for children under 5. Information regarding the ordering of milk is available from the School Office or


Children are encouraged to bring a bottle of water with them on a daily basis which they can drink throughout the school day.