School Meals

Our latest school menu

Our kitchen staff provide a varied range of healthy food, cooked on the premises daily.  The children have a choice of hot meals, salads / sandwiches and a choice of dessert.  A vegetarian option is always available.


Children not requiring school meals may bring their own packed lunches which will be eaten in the dining hall.  We strongly encourage parents to provide a healthy packed lunch e.g. fruit, sugar free drinks, cereals.

From September 2014 all children in Reception, Year 1 or Year 2 in a state-funded school are offered a free healthy school lunch (Universal Infant Free School Meal).


Free School Meals

Key Stage 2 children are eligible for a free school lunch if one of their parents is receiving any of the following welfare benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income based Job Seekers Allowance
  • Income related employment and support allowance
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Guaranteed Element of State Pension Credit.
  • Universal Credit

They are also offered to children of families who are in receipt of:

  • Child Tax Credit only (gross income restrictions apply).
  • But there is no eligibility for families who are entitled to Working Tax Credit.

Registering for free meals could raise extra funding for your child’s school, to fund valuable support like extra tuition, additional teaching staff or after school activities. It is therefore, important to sign up for free school meals, even if your child is in Reception, Year 1 or Year 2, so that your child’s school receives as much funding as possible.

We appreciate that for some families household income may be an issue at the moment. We want to ensure that all our parents & carers are aware of the availability of free school meals to those who are eligible. To apply please look at the following website;  Free School Meals


Dinner Money

Dinner money is payable each Monday morning.

Dinner money is currently £2.30 per day, £11.50 per week.

Please note that no change will be issued on dinner money; anything paid over will be credited to the next week.

If you intend to pay by cheque, please make your cheques payable to Dane Bank Primary School.

If you want to pay online by credit/debit card then please click here.

Please note: If you wish to change your child’s lunch time arrangements from a packed lunch to a school lunch or vice versa, please inform school in writing so that we can process the change.  Ideally two weeks’ notice is required for ordering purposes.


Lunch Time Supervision

Across school we have a staggered lunch break between the hours of 11:45am and 13:15 pm.

The children are supervised within the dining hall and the playground areas by our team of midday assistants and sports coaches.  Children from Upper Key Stage 2 (Year 5 and 6) are also appointed as ‘Play Leaders’ to provide lunch time games and activities for the younger children.

There is at least one qualified first aider on each yard at all times and any incidents/accidents at lunch times are recorded on individual first aid sheets and reported to the class teachers at the end of lunch time.

Any child who bumps their head will receive a bumped head letter and a courtesy call made to a parent to inform them.