Lunch Menu

At St Michael's Primary, we have our own school kitchen and kitchen staff. The three week menu can be found 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 £2.20, which can be paid via Parent Pay, please see link below:


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.

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 - 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
  • Call HMRC Tax Credit helpline (0845 300 3900) or visit their website

Gingerbread is a charity who provides expert advice, practical support and campaign for single mums and dads.  Please click here for more information. 

Break Time Snacks

We are a healthy school and children in Year 1 and Year 2 are provided with free fruit every day.  Parents/carers of children in Year 3 to Year 6 are asked to provide their child with a piece of pure fruit for breaktimes.  This should not be fruit winders, cereal bars or dried fruit covered in yoghurt. 

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.  Please see the table below for a list of the items that should and should not be within a lunchbox. Please click on this link for healthy lunch box ideas.

Nut Free School

We are a Nut Free School as we have several children who have a severe allergy to nuts and would ask parents/carers for their support in this matter by not including nut products in their children’s lunchboxes.


Should be Included in a LunchBox Should not be Included in a LunchBox
Savoury Items  Sweets ( of any kind)
Fruit Pure chocolate ( this includes individual items such as Celebrations/Quality Street, packets of buttons)
Vegetables Fizzy Drinks( this includes energy drinks)
Yoghurt Larger/Sharing bags of crisps
 1 Small biscuit/sponge based snack Nut Products of any kind
Winter Menu Week 1.pdf .pdf
Winter Menu Week 2.pdf .pdf
Winter Menu Week 3.pdf .pdf