School Dinners

Children may either eat a dinner provided by Catering Services which conforms to recommended nutritional standards, or they may bring a packed lunch. Children will be offered water or fruit juice to drink. For special diets and vegetarian meals please make enquiries at the school.

Children in F2 and KS1 are entitled to a school meal every day.

Whether they have a school dinner or a packed lunch, we encourage children to eat all their food as we are working hard to prevent waste and teach children about the importance of sustainability (not to mention the importance of a healthy diet!).You can view Swillington Primary’s School Food policy on the Policies and Procedures page.

Dinner money

The cost of school meals is £2.25 per day for Foundation 1 and Years 3, 4, 5 and 6. Foundation 1 and Years 1 and 2 receive Free School Dinners.

Dinner money should be paid in advance via Parent Pay. Some parents find it more convenient to pay for a half term or a term at a time. The school will provide you with a breakdown of the costs if you prefer to pay in this way.

If payment has not been received you will be sent a reminder; if payment is still not received we will cancel the order and ask that you provide your child with a packed lunch. We refer persistently outstanding debts to the Local Authority’s Finance Department. Any outstanding debts must be cleared before school dinners may be taken up again.

As school dinners have to be ordered in advance, please give 1 week’s notice if you wish your child to change from school dinners to packed lunches, or vice versa.

Parents will be notified of any changes made to dinner arrangements.

Free School Meals

If you are entitled to free school meals, one will be provided for your child. If you need advice about this please contact the Leeds Benefits Service. Tel. 0113 2477247 or you can find advice on the Leeds Gov website on:

If your child is entitled to a free school meal because of the types of benefit you are receiving, but your child is in F2 or KS1 and entitled to a free school meal anyway, can you still please submit the claim. This has an impact on the funding received by school.

Packed Lunches

Packed lunches may be brought to school in a plastic container clearly labelled with your child’s name and class. For your child’s safety please do not send food or drinks in cans or glass containers. Yoghurts may be included, and a cold drink, as long as it is in a carton or unbreakable container.

Fizzy drinks are not allowed. Please support us by sending fruit juice or encouraging your child to drink water, which will be provided.

Sweets are not allowed. If your child’s lunch includes sweets, the supervisory staff will take the sweets to the office where they can be collected at the end of the day and taken home. We discourage children from eating crisps as they are not healthy. If you wish to give your child a snack for playtime please provide fruit to put in their trays, not in their lunchboxes.

The school takes part in the National 5 a day initiative by providing a free piece of fruit every day to all children in Foundation Stage and KS1.

It is the school’s policy to encourage children to drink water throughout the day, in order to develop healthy bodies and healthy brains! Children should bring their own water bottle – the best type of bottles are those with ‘sports’ tops. This can be re-filled at school, but should be taken home to be washed every weekend.

You can view Swillington Primary’s Packed Lunch policy on the Policies and Procedures page.


All children are provided with a small carton of milk each day. A nominal charge of £27.00 per year is required to cover the cost – this is subsidised by the EEC. The payment should be made in September for the whole year.

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