School lunch menus

Information about current school lunch menus, how to download and print a menu and what happens with lunches for pupils that have been excluded.

Where can I find the current menu for schools?

  • [Vegetarian] A vegetarian option (available on request)
  • [Vegan] A vegan option (available on request)
  • [Kitchen] Dishes made in the kitchen

Please note: individual schools may offer an alternative choice to the meal options shown. Please contact your school for details.

Full allergen information is available and special dietary requirements can be catered for, please contact your school for details.

The menu may change without prior notice.

Can I download and print the current menu?

Download and print the current menu:

  • [V] A vegetarian option (available on request)
  • [VE] A vegan option (available on request)
  • (GF) NGCI (Non-gluten containing ingredients)
  • (DF) A dairy-free option (available on request)
  • [K] Dishes made in the kitchen

Please note: primary and secondary schools may produce their own menus so the above documents are for guidance only. Please check the individual school's websitefor choices on offer.

Are local authorities required to provide lunches to pupils who have been excluded from school and are instead attending a college?

The obligation to provide pupils with school food only relates to pupils registered at a school maintained by the local authority.

If a pupil had been excluded from school and is not registered at any other school maintained by the authority, (for example if they are instead attending a college) the local authority is not required to provide the pupil with lunch.

If a pupil has been excluded from school, and is attending a college, but is still registered at the school, then the local authority would have to provide the pupil with lunch if:

  • the pupil (or somebody acting on their behalf) requested a school lunch and they were eligible for free lunches, OR
  • it would not be unreasonable for the authority to provide the lunch.

Where lunches are provided to pupils, they are required to comply with the school food standards.

What should I put in my child's lunch box?

Your school may operate a packed lunch policy so please check with them in the first instance.

If they have a policy this will set out the sorts of foods that the school encourages children to have in their lunch boxes and the sorts of foods that aren’t allowed.

Policies often ban foods like sweets, chocolate bars, crisps, and sugary drinks and encourage children to have at least one portion of fruit or vegetables and to drink water.

Please support your school’s policy if they have one. They are there to help improve children’s diet and give them a consistent message because the school canteen won’t sell confectionary or salty snacks like crisps.

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