School Meals


About the food we serve

We provide diverse selection of hot and cold lunches – all made almost entirely from fresh ingredients. This means that pupils are packed with the right nutrients and have plenty of nourishment and energy throughout the day, helping them fully concentrate and achieve success academically and athletically.

Fresh Food you can trust

We are committed to sourcing ingredients with assured provenance from local and regional suppliers. We use:

  • All Free Range Eggs sourced from the UK
  • ‘Farm Assured’ and ‘Red Tractor’ accredited British Meat Poultry
  • Marine Stewardship Approved (MSC) certified fish from sustainable fisheries

Our kitchen has received 5 starts rating reaching the highest possible score of excellence by “Food Hygiene Rating System’.

We offer full traceability of the meals we serve. Our suppliers are audited by an external body to ensure they comply with both our own and statutory obligations.

Our menus are checked and approved by registered dietitian to ensure that our school meals meet government school food standards for healthy eating.

We are proud to announce that we have recently achieved the Bronze ‘Food for Life’ Catering Award. For more information, please click here.

Free drinking water is available to the children all day.

Special Diets

We can cater for specific dietary needs. Our catering staff are trained to cater for pupils with allergies and religious dietary needs including Halal, Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, and Egg Free. Please ensure your child’s dietary needs are up-to-date by providing this information to the school office. If your child has any food allergies, please still order a lunch and we will provide them with an appropriate alternative. If you have concerns on this matter, please speak to our Catering Manager.

Please note, the Halal meat served is HMC certified, is all of the highest quality and sourced in the UK, however, due to the regulations set out by accreditation bodies such as Red Tractor and Farm Assured it does not qualify for the Food for Life scheme the rest of the menu achieves.

Great Value for money

Our two course nutritionally balance meal for £2.20 represents excellent value for money.

The Government is funding free school lunches for children in reception, year 1 and year 2 in state-funded schools in England. If you have child in this age group you could save over £400 per year. We believe that the importance of receiving nutritionally balanced lunch is so high that we decided to make it compulsory for all Reception and KS1 children to have school lunches from September 2018.

Ordering System

The entire ordering process is digital and colour-coded. Each meal is assigned a specific colour (red for hot main non-halal meal, blue for hot halal meal, green for vegetarian main meal, yellow for jacket potato and orange for sandwich option – please note sandwich options are only available for KS2 children). Reception and KS1 parents must order their child’s meals from home using ParentPay. This is so parents have an input into their child’s meal choice and are able to explain the different options available to them. A guide for ordering meals from home is available here. In KS2, children order in class each morning. Information on the number of meals ordered is fed directly back to the kitchen where the appropriate amount of meals are prepared, ensuring every child gets served what they have ordered in the morning. Your child’s meal choice is identified with the corresponding coloured wristband which they wear into the dining hall, where their meal choice is served to them on a colour-coded tray.

We are also able to provide for children who have special dietary requirements. When your child orders this information, along with their allergy needs, is fed directly to the kitchen where we can provide them with a bespoke meal.

We are very proud our catering department and feel that all children would benefit from having a school meal. If you do decide to provide your child with a packed lunch, please include one item of protein, some fruit and vegetables and only one sweet item. Please try to reduce the amount foods containing high quantities salt, fat and sugar such as crisps. We ask you not to provide confectionery items in your child’s packed lunch and we recommend pure fruit juice, milk or water as an accompanying drink to their meal. For some ideas on what you can pack in your child’s packed lunch, please see the following video:


If you have any questions or concerns and would like to speak to our Catering Manager, Libby Lewis, please contact her on


Priory School is a nut free site so nuts and sesame seeds must not be included in items you send into school.

Free school meals

Did you know, just registering your child for free school meals means that the school gets extra money? For every child registered, your school gets an extra £488. Download a copy of the form here. If you have any questions or queries, please contact Kathryn James on

Coffee Mornings

We would love to welcome you along to our coffee morning held every Thursday morning in the school hall. This is a great opportunity to meet other parents, school staff and sample some of our wonderful cakes and biscuits with a cup of tea or coffee – all for free!

Reception: Birthday Lunches

If your child is in Reception and they have a birthday coming up, come and enjoy a delicious meal with your child and their friends! To book please email Libby Lewis, Catering Manager on The catering team looks forward to meeting you.

Hear what our parents have to say about the lunch service at Priory:

The menu has really changed for the better, the children really love the fresh bread and lovely cakes and biscuits!|It’s lovely to know that most of the food is made from scratch!|The menu is lovely and I think it has enough variety to meet different dietary and cultural needs!|Nice to meet Libby and hear all of the things she is doing to interest children to try different foods!|I’m impressed with the overall improvement in menu and system to ensure that children have a healthy choice and a wide variety!|The children like the new menu and love the fresh bread!|Enjoyed the flapjacks and the freshness of the yogurt and mousse!|This really was a lovely opportunity to meet our son’s friends and to sample such great food.|All staff made me very welcome, food was good!|Came in for lunch with Thomas. Lovely food, lovely atmosphere. Really enjoyed it. Thank you.|Had lunch with Lucy today, food was superb and loved the tables set up with fresh bread and water. Thank you.

Current menus

Autumn Menu 2018

Spring Menu 2019

Summer Menu 2019


Packed Lunch Policy

Please note school packed lunches are NOT available for Key Stage 1 (Reception, Year 1 and Year 2). All meals are accompanied with homemade bread and fresh fruit along with your child’s choice of pudding and all meals are compliant with School Nutritional Standards. Pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are entitled to a daily meal for free. These pupils can enjoy a delicious, balanced meal without the time or expense of parents having to make packed lunches.