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School Dinner Prices

Reception to Year 2  -   Free - Universal free school meals

Nursery, Year 3 to Year 6 - £2.30 per day/£11.50 per week


Dinner money must be sent into school on Monday mornings

How we provide the service

The Government introduced new legislation in September 2008 which means that primary school menus have to be nutritionally analysed for over 14 nutrients. By eating a school lunch every day you can rest assured that your child is being offered a well balanced meal which is fully compliant to the new standards.

On offer each day there is:

  • a minimum of two choices of main course with vegetables or salad, plus potatoes or an alternative carbohydrate such as pasta (in many schools there is also a third choice option of jacket potato with a variety of fillings);
  • two choices of dessert or fresh fruit,
  • extra bread;
  • a vegetarian choice;
  • a drink which could be fruit juice, milk or water.


How much does a primary school meal cost?

At just £2.20 lunches provide excellent value for money. You can pay for school meals in the way that is most convenient to you, choose from weekly, by term or half term.



The school menus run on a four week cycle which is changed every term to avoid repetition and introduce new dishes.


Free school meals for reception, year 1 and year 2 pupils

From September 2014, all reception, Year 1 and Year 2 school pupils in England will be eligible for free school meals. This is to encourage a balanced diet from an early age and help children be as healthy as possible.


Free school meals for pupils in year 3 and above

Find out if you qualify

You will usually qualify for free school meals if you live in the Borough of Bury and if one or more of the qualifying criteria is applicable to you.

Qualifying criteria

  • Income Support
  • Job Seekers Allowance (income based).
  • Child Tax Credit with an annual income not exceeding £16,190 and you are not claiming Working Tax Credit.
  • Guarantee element of State Pension Credit.
  • Children who receive Income Support or Job seekers Allowance (income based) in their own right.
  • Asylum seekers receiving support provided under Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.