School Meals

Rushey Green school menus

Our catering service provides the highest standards (Grade 5 “Very Good” see and our menus provide a well balanced selection for the children.


Free and Universal Free School Meals

The government is funding 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). However, meals for children in Nursery and Years 3-6 are charged at £2.00 per child per day (£2.20 from September).

If you have received any of the following benefits either now, or during the last 6 years:

  • Income Support,
  • Income Based Job Seeker’s Allowance,
  • Child Tax Credit and Annual Income of less than £16,190.

it is vital that you apply for free school meals, even if your child does not require them, or, your child is entitled to a government funded lunch. This allows the school to claim extra grant from the Government which provides more help to the children. It has been estimated that schools across London are eligible to claim a further £15m in grant from the Government.

Further Information

Lunch times


Lunchtime is from 12.00pm to 1.15pm for reception children, 12.00 to 1.00pm for infants and from 12.30pm to 1.30pm for juniors. We have taken the decision to run our own school meals service and this ensures that the children get a substantial school dinner. We follow the Borough’s charging policy. All this is designed to give best value for money.

School meals are served in our hall. The meals on offer give a balanced diet and follows the government’s standards and guidelines, with a choice of main courses and puddings. A copy of the menu can be collected from the office reception area in the plastic document holder on the wall. We ask the children to take only what they will eat, so expect plates to be cleared. Children are never forced to eat food.

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. The current price of school meals is £2 per day (£2.20 from September), which should be paid via our online payment system, called Parentpay. All payments for school meals are expected to be made at least a week in advance. FAILURE TO KEEP DINNER MONEY PAYMENTS UP-TO-DATE WILL RESULT IN YOUR CHILD LOSING THEIR OPTION TO HAVE A SCHOOL MEAL.

During the lunch break, responsibility for the control and safety of the children is delegated to the senior midday supervisor and a team of midday supervisors under the guidance of the Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher and Assistant Heads.

Packed Lunch

Children eating packed lunches share the dining room facilities. Packed lunches should consist mainly of sandwiches, with some fruit and perhaps a biscuit, yoghurt and crisps. For health and safety reasons packed lunches must not contain sweets, nuts, chocolate, fizzy drinks or glass bottles.

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

The school accepts no liability for food lost, damaged or mislaid. In such circumstances, a meal will be provided, but parents will be expected to pay for it subsequently.

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 except at this time.

Nutritional advice

Independent advice is available from a number of sources from nutritionists, Government advisors and dietitians .

The following websites provide detailed advice: