School Meals

School Dinners

The quality of our school meals is extremely important to us here at Southwark.  It is important that all of our pupils enjoy the meals provided by our caterers, Alliance in Partnership (AIP), to ensure that they are receiving a healthy, nutritious and tasty meal at lunchtime.  For more information about AIP please visit their website here:

Please click the link below to see the most up-to-date school dinner menu.  Please note that we work closely with the School Council to ensure that we involve children in the creation of these menus.  We welcome feedback to enable us to work closely with AIP to provide school meals of the highest quality.

Children who choose to have school dinners have the choice of 3 hot meals or a delicious 'Deli Option' with fillings including Tuna Mayo, Egg Mayo, or cheese if they choose.  A nutritious salad bar is available and children are encouraged to be adventurous by choosing healthy options here, in addition to their school meal.  Fresh fruit is always offered alongside a delicious and healthy dessert.  Table manners are extremely important for all of our children here at Southwark.  We encourage staff to eat alongside children to model exemplary table manners, including calm and polite conversation, encouraging children to use a knife and fork correctly.  

Universal Free School Meals

All children within Reception, Year 1 & Year 2 are entitled to free school dinners which are prepared and cooked on site, everyday, by our catering team, AIP.  This is known as universal free school meals.

Means Tested Free School Meals

If you receive benefits such as income support, please come to the school office to check whether you are entitled to free school meals.  This is known as 'means tested' free school meals.  To see if you are eligible, please click here:,LEA%20maintained%20school%2C%20full%2Dtime

Pay for a school dinner

Cost: £2.10 a day

Payments can be made online through the Tucasi website or by clicking the 'online payments' quick links on the home page of the website.  Please talk to a member of the school office to set up an account if you are unsure how to do so.  If you wish to change to dinners or sandwiches this can be done half termly.

If your child has specific dietary requirements, please ensure that you notify us through the school office to ensure that the appropriate considerations can be made. 

Alternatively, you may wish for your child to have a packed lunch rather than a school dinner.  Any child across the school can do this, even if they are entitled to universal free school meals in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2.

Choosing your child's school dinner

Please select your child's dinner choice for the following day from 12 noon each day on Scopay. To do this please go on to your child's 'account balances' and click on the 'order meals' box on the 'dinner money' option. This will bring up the calendar. You will need to click on the date for the next day and it will bring up all the choices. Simply click on a choice for your child and then press 'OK'. This will mean your child's choice has been registered for the following day.

Want to change to a school dinner?

If you would like to change your child from dinners to a packed lunch or from a packed lunch to dinners, this needs to be done at the beginning of a term. To do this please call the school office on 0115 9150466 or email either in the last week of each half term or the first week of a half term.

Please click on the document at the bottom of the page to see the Autumn/Winter menu 2023.


Packed Lunches

We expect packed lunches to be healthy and nutritionally balanced.  Whether squeezing it in before the school run in the morning or before bed on busy midweek evenings, preparing your child's lunchbox can seem like just another thing on the list.  Therefore, school meals are a great choice, but if you do make a packed lunch for your child then it is important to make sure that your child is eating a balanced meal which is tasty but also gives them everything they need nutritionally.  Please click on the advice below for support and a range of quick, easy, healthier lunchbox ideas.

Please do not bring nuts into school as we do have children in school with severe nut allergies.

packed lunches



Autumn & Winter Dinner Menu 2023 2024
Autumn & Winter Menu Flyer 2023 2024