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 Government’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 who are 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. They have been awarded Gold status in ‘The Food For Life Partnership Awards’.

You can download a menu for the Spring term here Menu Spring 2

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

Hot School Meals

Menus are sent out via Parentmail. You have the option to order a MEAT or VEGETARIAN option for your child. Please note that you can not pick and choose between days, you either have a hot school meal each day or a packed lunch instead. If you opt to have packed lunches and decide to change to hot school meals you MUST notify the school office who will inform you when the change will take effect. If your child normally has a packed lunch and you do not send your child with a packed lunch on a certain day then a telephone call home for you to bring them a lunch will be made, we do not have spare dinners. If you have SPECIAL DIETARY REQUIREMENTS please notify the school office.

Packed Lunches

If your child is having their own packed lunch please be aware that 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 as we are a NUT FREE school.

Mid-morning snack

At morning break pupils may have a drink of water or milk (supplied free to under 5’s) 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 only provided free for children under 5 or children receiving Pupil Premium (if you are registered for Pupil Premium and would like your child to have milk please speak to Mrs Punchard in the school office). Further information can be found on their website


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

Please find attached allergy matrix sheets for the Autumn 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.