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Beatrix Potter School

School Meals

School Meals


Are governed by set nutritional standards and provide balanced meals prepared daily on the school site. A vegetarian option is always offered and where appropriate there is an option catering for religious and cultural standards. All children eat together in the school hall and are provided with fresh water. 

Meals are paid for through the office and details of the price and payment system can be obtained from there. All children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are entitled to a free school meal. You will need to inform the school office if you are not taking up this offer

Edwards and Ward need to know if children taking dinner have any issues with products. The following form needs to be completed before the take up of meals. It must be sent to Edwards and Ward not the school. A copy for us would be useful.

If you wish your child to have school dinners email the office on Any problems please let us know as soon as possible.

Halal meals are catered for in the vegetarian option. Edwards and ward are unable to provide the necessary requirements of Halal food and utensils.


Our aim is to ensure with your help our children eat a sensible and balanced diet. For packed lunches we suggest you follow the guidance given below.

  • at least one portion of fruit and one portion of vegetables.
  • meat, fish or other source of non-dairy protein (e.g. lentils, kidney beans, chick peas, hummus and falafel)
  • meat products such as sausage rolls, individual pies, corned meat and sausages / chipolatas should be included only occasionally.
  • oily fish, such as salmon, at least once every three weeks for balance
  • a starchy food such as any type of bread, pasta, rice, couscous, noodles, potatoes or other type of cereals.
  • a dairy product such as milk, cheese, yoghurt, fromage frais or custard.
  • cakes and biscuits are allowed but encourage your child to eat these only as part of a balanced meal.
  • drinks should only be water, fruit juice, semi-skimmed or skimmed milk, yoghurt or milk drinks and smoothies.

Please do not include:

  • any items containing nuts
  • confectionery such as chocolate bars, chocolate-coated biscuits and sweets.

We operate a strict no nut policy to avoid the difficulties of allergic reaction. It is a very easy approach and should not limit in any way the food you provide.

The school also recognises that some pupils may require special diets that do not allow for the standards to be met exactly. In this case parents are urged to be responsible in ensuring that packed lunches are as healthy as possible. For these reasons pupils are also not permitted to swap food items.


Year R to Year 2 receive fruit through a European Union scheme. As this scheme does not cover Years 3 to 6, we do encourage you to send in a piece of suitable fruit for morning break for these older children.

We also believe that it is important for children to have access to water during the day. Please provide a named water bottle. Children can fill up their bottles throughout the day at appropriate times.


If your child is below 5 they will be entitled to a free third of a litre each day until they reach five.