School Meals

Why are school lunches GREAT for your child?
Healthy nutrition is vital both to your child’s health and concentration at school. Nightingale offers a healthy range of food everyday. School dinners are cooked on site by our catering partners and are prepared using all fresh ingredients. Children are encouraged to take up the offer of school meals as we see lunch time as an occasion for social interaction and helping children to develop a positive attitude to eating healthily. The lunch menu runs on a three week cycle.  There is a wide selection of salads available every day from the salad bar. 
Packed Lunches - What you need to know
Eating well is important. Children need to eat well as it will give them energy and nutrients to grow and develop, be healthy and active. A healthy, enjoyable lunch gives children the energy they need to learn and play at school.

We have strict guidelines for packed lunches eaten both in school and on trips out of school.  No crisps, sweets or chocolate are allowed in packed lunches and will be confiscated.  No drink other than bottled water is allowed. 


 Free School Meals Reception to Year 2


All children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are eligible to receive a Universal Infant Free School Meal.  That means that you do not pay for their school lunch - they can have one for free every day!


Free School meals in Key Stage 2


Your child is eligible for free school meals if you currently claim Income Support, Income-Based Jobseeker’s Allowance or Child Tax Credit, and your annual income is no more than £13,910, and you do not claim Working Tax Credit, Guarantee element of State Pension or if you receive Support under part Vl of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.To apply for free school meals click here.  Please ask us if you are not sure if your child is eligible.


The price of a school meal is £2.20 (this includes lunch and pudding).  School lunch monies must be paid a week in advance and online via ParentPay

Parents/carers have the option to pay fees a month, or term in advance to make this process easier, the office will be able to assist you in working out the figures for these payments.