Robert Peel Primary School

School Lunches, Fruit Snack & Milk

Children have the option of bringing in a packed lunch or enjoying a school dinner. School meals are cooked in our own kitchen and there is a choice each day of main course, vegetables, salad, bread and dessert. Children are not forced to eat their food but they are encouraged to try small quantities of new food to extend their diet. Dinner money of £2.10 is payable on a daily basis or parents may choose to pay for the whole week on Monday. Payments are to be made via Parentmail. As part of the Governments Universal free School Meals all children in Reception, Year 1 and 2 are entitled to a free daily meal from school.

Children requiring special diets for health reasons can usually be catered for but the Kitchen Manager must be informed and it is best that a meeting is set up to discuss these needs.

For those children who prefer it may bring a packed lunch in this should be in a clearly named box and any drinks should be in a leak-proof container. Glass bottles or fizzy drinks must not be brought to school.

Any left-overs will be sent home in the lunch box in order that you can keep a check on what has been eaten.


We are a Nut Free School and ask that items containing nuts are not included in lunch boxes as there are children who have severe allergies to these products. This included some cereal bars and Nutella. We encourage healthy eating habits at all times and encourage parents to provide a balanced packed lunch for their children with no complete chocolate bars.
The children are well cared for at lunch times by a team of Midday Supervisors.

Free School Meals

To qualify for free school meals your child must be at school full time and you must be receiving one of the following benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance       
  • The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Support from the National Asylum Support Service
  • Child Tax Credit (but not Working Tax Credit) with an annual income that does not exceed £16,190

If you believe you meet the free school meals eligibility criteria, please call 0300 300 8306.


When you call to apply for free school meals, please have the following information ready:

  • National Insurance numbers and dates of birth for you and your partner and dates of birth for your children
  • If you receive support from the National Asylum Support Service, your NASS number

You will usually be told on the phone if your child can have free school meals and they will inform the school. The meal will be a hot school lunch which is cooked in the school kitchen.



Fruit Snacks & Daily Milk

Morning Fruit Snack
In Early Years and Key Stage 1 children receive FREE FRUIT for their daily snack.
In Key Stage 2 children may bring a fruit/vegetable snack from home to eat during morning break or choose to purchase a healthy snack for break for 12p per day. This can be paid for through Parentmail.
Our School Milk Scheme
Did you know our school provides a school milk scheme? By registering your child for our school milk scheme they will receive a 189ml (third of a pint) carton of semi-skimmed milk every day. This is delivered fresh and chilled to their classroom every day.

How much does it cost?
Thanks to government subsidies, school milk is free for all under-fives and is subsided at around £18 a term for children aged five or older.
Why should I register my child?
School milk provides your child with essential nutrients. It is also rehydrating and energy boosting, helping to bridge the long gap between breakfast and lunch so children stay focused.
Find out the top ten reasons to drink school milk at

How do I register my child?
If your child is under five

  • As a school we will register your children for the scheme so you don’t have to do anything.

If your child is over five

  • Go to or pick up a form from school.
  • Pay Cool Milk online, over the phone, at a local PayPoint or by cheque in instalments to suit you. If registering online you can pay straight away, if using a registration form you will need to wait to receive a payment request.
  • Just pay by a Tuesday for your child’s milk to start the following week.

How do I find out more?
Visit or contact Cool Milk directly on 0800 142 2972.