School Meals

Healthy School Meals

We are proud to work in partnership with parents to encourage the children to understand what healthy eating means and how it can be achieved through school meals. We ask that parents support the school to help the children establish good eating habits, by providing a ‘balanced’ and ‘nutritious’ packed lunch. To promote healthy eating, the children are taught about a balanced diet and why it’s important that we locally source ingredients, during PSHE. Children may bring another drink to have with their lunch, which is additional to their water bottle. They are not allowed to bring fizzy drinks or sweets to school.

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When your child starts at Cliffe Woods Primary, we will ask you to complete a medical form to identify any medical needs, allergies, intolerances, or dietary requirements your child may have, to ensure we provide the best care to all of our children. In all classes and in the school kitchen, we have posters displayed with photos of any children with any allergies, intolerances, or dietary requirements so all staff are aware. 

Free School Meals

Parents and carers will need to top up their child’s meals account in the payment section within Arbor.  Meal registers will be taken in the morning by the class teacher.  The cost of school meals is £2.50 per day.

Arbor will recognise if your child is entitled to either benefits-related free school meals or Universal Infant Free School Meals and will not request payment.

Every pupil in Reception, Year 1 and 2 is eligible for Universal Infant Free School Meals, which are funded by the Government. We hope all children will take up this opportunity to have a free, healthy meal.

There is also an entitlement for families in receipt of certain State benefits to receiving support with school meals. If you feel you may be entitled to this extra support, please contact the school office, in the strictest confidence for more information. This can be a substantial saving for families and is also a financial benefit to our school if entitlement is claimed.

School Milk

Our school runs a milk scheme that is available to all our pupils. Drinking milk each day in school not only provides children with essential nutrients but also rehydrates and provides an energy boost for children to bridge the gap between breakfast and lunch.

Milk is available free of charge to all children until they turn 5 years old or can be paid for (at a subsidised rate) for all other children in school. For further information and to register your child for the milk scheme please click here.

All children who are entitled to benefits-related free school meals are also entitled to free milk in school each day. If this applies to your child and you would like to take up this offer, please get in touch with the school office.


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