School Meals

Research shows that pupils are more likely to concentrate in lessons if they have eaten a nutritionally balanced meal at lunchtime. By choosing school lunches, not only will you be saving yourself the time of preparing a packed lunch every day, you can also be sure that your child is getting the range and amount of food that will help contribute to their health and well-being. 

Rushey Green prides itself on the standard of catering it provides for its children. All the catering at Rushey Green is done in-house and the cooks prepare food to the highest standards and produce menus which provide a well balanced choice of healthy foods for the children. Each year, the catering unit is checked and we have received a Grade 5 'Very Good' rating. Click here for more details on the Government standard ratings.

Nutritional advice

Take a look at the positive benefits of healthy, well-balanced school meals. Independent advice is available at the websites below:

School meals for children in Nursery and Years 3-6 are at a cost of £2.20 per child per day and this needs to be paid in advance via ParentPay.

Universal Free School Meals

The government funds schools in England to provide every child in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 with a free nutritious meal at lunch time (Universal Free School Meals). Its is still important that you apply for free school meals even if your child is receiving Universal Free School Meals or is bring in a packed lunch. Applying for Free School Meals will allow the school to claim the Pupil Premium grant which provides money each year to support your child's education.

You may be entitled to claim Free School Meals for your children if you are unemployed or on a low income and receiving benefits:

Free School Meals

Click on the logo above to check if you are eligible for Free School Meals.

Click here to read more about Free School Meals.

Click here to apply for Free School Meals.

The children have 50 minutes for lunch, giving them time to eat and them play with their friends. School meals are served in our main hall for all children except nursery who eat in their classroom. The meals offer a balanced diet and follows the government’s standards and guidelines, with a choice of vegetarian and non vegetarian main courses, salads and puddings. Provision is made for children who are unable to eat certain foods for dietary or religious reasons and you should inform us of special requirements on enrollment. A copy of the menu is available on the noticeboard at the school office.

Packed Lunch

Children have the option of a bringing in a packed lunch from home and they will share the dining room facilities with those eating school dinners.

A typical healthy packed lunch should contain:

  • Sandwiches
  • Fruit
  • Biscuit/Cake
  • Yoghurt
  • Healthy bar
  • Juice or water

For health and safety reasons packed lunches must not contain nuts, sweets, chocolate, fizzy drinks or glass bottles.

Please label packed lunch boxes clearly with your child’s name and class.

You must decide at the beginning of each half term if you wish your child to have school meals or bring a packed lunch. It is not possible to change from one to another in the middle of the half term.