Dean Barwick Primary School, School Dinners & Universal Free School
School dinners are cooked on the premises by our cook Rachael Brennand. A copy of the menu can be found below.
Under the Universal Infant Free School Meals Policy, all children from Reception to Year 2 are entitled to receive a free school dinner. For children attending our Nursery and for children in Key Stage 2 (Years 3 – 6), the charge for a school dinner is £2.70 per day. All payments are made using our cashless system, School Money.
If you think your child may be entitled to Free School Meals, even if your child is entitled Universal Free School Meals, please apply using the following link https://www.westmorlandandfurness.gov.uk/schools-and-education/free-school-meals-and-clothing-vouchers
If your child is eligible this generates an amount of money for the school called Pupil Premium. This is used to help children and give extra support where and when needed.
Children are very welcome to bring a packed lunch and are encouraged to bring a healthy packed lunch in a named lunch box or bag. Whilst it is the parents/carers choice as to what they put in their children’s lunch box, we do encourage a healthy mix and we do not allow children to eat sweets, full-sized chocolate bars or drink fizzy drinks as part of their lunch.
Please ensure that both the lunchbox and drink bottle are clearly labelled with your child's name and class.
Please note that children should commit to either a packed lunch or a school dinner (or a combination of the two) for the whole of each half term.
Any change in lunch arrangements should be made via the school office.
Getting ideas and inspiration for what to include in your child’s lunchbox can be a difficult task. Healthy eating is simply about getting a better balance and eating a wide variety of foods. All foods provide energy and nutrients and it is achieving the correct intake of those nutrients that are important for health. Variety is the key to a healthy diet, so try not to offer the same foods on consecutive days. By including a broad range of different foods, a much wider variety of nutrients will be eaten. The ‘Healthier Lunchbox Checklist’ helps to explain what ‘a healthy mix’ means in terms of getting a well-balanced meal in a lunchbox.
Healthier Lunchbox Checklist:
• A good portion of starchy food: e.g. thick wholemeal bread, chapatti, pitta pocket, pasta or rice salad
• Plenty of fruit and vegetables: e.g. an apple, a satsuma, handful of cherry tomatoes or carrot sticks, mini-can of fruit chunks or a small box of raisins
• A portion of milk or dairy food: e.g. individual cheese portion or pot of yoghurt
• A portion of lean meat, fish or alternative: e.g. ham, chicken, beef, tuna, egg, hummus or bean/lentil salad
• A drink: e.g fruit juice, milk or water.