St Ambrose Barlow Catholic Primary School

School Meals

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Our school dinner menus follows a three-week cycle. You can read the current menus below:

Healthy Eating

Pupils are not allowed to bring sweets to school on a regular basis eg. in lunchboxes or to eat at break-times. Sweets are only permitted on special occasions such as Christmas, Easter and birthday celebrations. We do not allow the children to eat chocolate bars or crisps, fizzy drinks and gum are never permitted as we are a Healthy School. Lollipops are not allowed due to the potential hazards they pose with regard to choking.

Milk/Orange Juice

A carton of milk (which is kept refrigerated) or orange juice can be supplied for your child on a daily basis and this is to be paid termly in advance. The Cook-in-Charge arranges the supply of drinks/collection of monies.


There is considerable evidence that dehydration causes tiredness and a lack of mental alertness in children. To help remedy this situation in schools, the 'Water is Cool in School Campaign' has publicised the need for children to have access to water in class. The campaign has found that the best way to keep children hydrated is for them to sip water at their desks.

Children are encouraged to bring a drink of water from home (in addition to the drinks they normally bring for mid-morning break and lunchtime). The water should be in a re-usable clear plastic bottle with non-spill cap and labelled with the pupil's name.

Mid-Morning Snack

Foundation Stage (Reception) and Key Stage 1 pupils currently receive a piece of fruit each day under the DFES Scheme. The fruit is eaten at morning playtime. Please inform the school if your child is allergic to a particular fruit.

Key Stage 2 pupils may bring fruit to eat at morning playtime. Key Stage 2 pupils may buy toast from the school kitchen at morning break if required.

At St Ambrose Barlow Catholic Primary School we encourage children to drink plenty of water and encourage the eating of fruit at break times.

All children are encouraged to bring their own bottle of water into school daily. Key Stage 1 children receive a piece of fresh fruit daily provided by the DCFS free fruit scheme. All children can purchase toast or a fresh fruit snack at morning break.

Free School Meals

If you are a Parent or Carer, and receive any of the benefits below, then your child is eligible for Free School Meals:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit - if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)

What to do next?

Apply online at the Free School Meals Checking Service (external link) or contact the school office. Further details on how to complete the online form can be found in this Parent/Carer User Guide (pdf).

If your application is successful, St Ambrose Barlow Catholic School will automatically be informed and we will receive extra funding called Pupil Premium.

What is Pupil Premium?

Pupil Premium is a Government initiative allocating funding to schools to support children who are eligible for free school meals. The funding is provided to support these pupils in reaching their full potential and to close the attainment gap.

Who can access Pupil Premium?

  • Any child that has claimed free schools meals at any point in the past 6 years
  • Looked after children
  • Children from services families

Dinner Times at St Ambrose Barlow