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Lunch Menu

At St Michael's Primary, we have our own school kitchen and kitchen staff.  The three week menu can be seen below.  Cooked meals, including a vegetarian option, are prepared daily in our kitchen and children are offered a choice of main course and desserts.  Salads and fruit are always available.  Meals are eaten in the dining hall.

The cost of a school meal is £2.00.  We are happy to accept payment for the week, month, half term or term. Cheques (made payable to Essex County Council) or cash should be placed in a sealed envelope clearly marked with the child’s name and class and handed into the class teacher or at the School Office.


Some people like to choose a mix of school dinners and packed lunch for their child.  We ask that you make sure that your child knows if they are school dinners or packed lunch each day. 

    School dinner menu summer 2016

Free School Meals

Free school meals are available to some children according to family income.  It’s important to register for entitlement to free school meals, even if your child has a packed lunch or is in Key Stage 1 – this is so we can receive additional funding (called the pupil premium) which we can use to help your child.

Children are entitled to Free School Meals if their parents, carers or guardians receive any of the following:

To be eligible you must be receiving one of the following:
  • Income support
  • Income based job seekers allowance
  • Income related employment and support allowance
  • Guarantee pension credit
  • Child Tax Credit, but not Working Tax Credit, and an annual income lower than the limit set by the Government
  • Working Tax Credit Run On because you have ceased work or reduced your working hours to less than 16 per week
To find out if your child qualifies for free school meals, and for any help or advice, you could:

  • Contact www.essex.gov.uk - this website will give you further information about free school meals eligibility. Alternatively you can telephone 0845 6061212
  • Work out how much you are entitled to by using the essex on line benefit calculator at www.colchesterclaims.teamnetsol.com.
  • Call HMRC Tax Credit helpline (0845 300 3900) or visit their website
Packed Lunch

Alternatively, children may bring a packed lunch which are eaten in the main hall.  See below for our Healthy Lunch Box Power Point.

Packed lunches should be in a secure named container.  No sweets are allowed – instead, we encourage lots of fruit or vegetables.  Water is available on all tables for children who choose a packed lunch.  However, your child can bring their own drink in a non-breakable container – please avoid fizzy drinks.






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