Parent & Carer Guide | School Meals
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, Mellors Catering, to ensure that they are receiving a healthy, nutritious and tasty meal at lunchtime.
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 Mellors to provide school meals of the highest quality.
Children who choose to have school dinners have the choice of 3 hot meals as well as a delicious 'grab bag' 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 for 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.
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, Mellors Catering. This is known as universal 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:
Cost: £1.90 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. You can also pay in advance by cash at school office. Please put your child's dinner money in a closed envelope with your child's full name and class clearly on it. 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.
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.
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. So, if you would like your child to change their current preference this can be done after the Easter holiday. To do this please call the school office on 0115 9150466 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please click on the document below to see the Spring/Summer menu 2021.
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.