St. Mary's has its own catering department that cooks and serves hot dinners every day. Our school kitchen was fully refurbished recently to provide a modern state-of-the-art facility.
From September 2014 all pupils in Reception, Year 1 & Year 2 in state-funded schools in England became eligible for universal infant free school meals.
Children may bring a packed lunch if preferred. We encourage children to eat healthy meals and snacks. Please remember not to send a glass container, cans, fizzy drinks, sweets or cocktail sticks. Please also provide your own spoon for yoghurts and desserts. Midday Supervisors are on hand throughout the lunchtime period to help with serving and aiding children in the dining hall.
Can parents please remember that we have children in school who are allergic to nuts, including nut related products. This is a serious life threatening condition and we therefore ask that your children do not bring nuts, or nut related products of any kind, into school. Thank you for your understanding.
For several years St. Mary's has held 'Healthy School' status and a big part of maintaining this is to promote the importance of long term and sustainable living. St. Mary's has a healthy snack policy and pupils are asked to bring in healthy snacks from Monday to Thursday, with a treat on Friday. Please see our school prospectus for full details.
A 'Healthy Snack Audit Week' takes place in the Spring Term and Mrs Chung will speak to the whole school about the importance of eating healthily and limiting the amount of sugary and fatty products in our diets. Pupils' snacks will be monitored and assessed for their nutritional value during this week and healthy options will be suggested.
St. Mary's offers a free piece of fruit every day to all Key Stage 1 pupils. Children under the age 5 are also eligible for a free carton of milk everyday. If you would like your child to continue to receive a daily carton of milk once they have turned 5 years old (regardless of year group), you can register to pay via the Cool Milk Scheme. See details below.
To find out more about milk in school and how to register your child, please go to:
School Dinner payments are performed electronically using School Money (as are other school payments ie Music Fees, Trips & Clubs). St. Mary's do not receive cash or cheques for payments. Our school database registers are updated in the first week of pupils school entry at the start of a new academic year. As soon the school registers are updated this information is transferred to the School Money database - existing pupils will be able to access the system from then on. New pupils will be issued a new password for entry onto the school's dinner payment system during their first week of school entry. Any direct any queries to the school office please.