Lunchtime is an important time of the day, giving children the opportunity to develop their independence and social skills whilst also refuelling for successful afternoon learning. At Shaftesbury Park Primary School, children have a choice of either a hot school meal or to bring a packed lunch.

Meal choices are for a half-term at a time and may be changed by giving written notice to the School Office.

School Meals

Shaftesbury Park is proud to be a Healthy School. Our caterers, Edwards and Ward, work with nutritionists and follow all relevant guidelines to ensure that our menus are not only delicious but healthy and nutritionally balanced too.

Every day the children are served:

  • a choice of three balanced main meals including one vegetarian option
  • a choice of either fruit or a healthy dessert

Shhhh, don’t tell the children but even our cakes are healthy, being made with fruit and vegetables and having no added sugar!

  • Unlimited salad from our salad bar
  • Optional homemade bread

Please click here to see the menu for the Summer Term 2023*.

* Please note, we have been advised by Edwards and Ward that the menu for Autumn 2 and the Spring Term will remain be in place until the end of the current academic year.  

Catering for Children with Special Dietary Requirements

Edwards and Ward pride themselves on being able to cater for all children, including those with special dietary requirements. , and are happy to offer personal menus for children where necessary.

If your child has special dietary requirements, please complete and return a Special Diets Form which can be found on our Downloads page.

Payment for School Meals 

Payment for school meals can be made via your scopay account. You are also able to pay by cash or cheque to the School Office.

For the latest prices, please see the Additional Services Price List available on our Downloads page.

Free School Meal Entitlement

Universal Infant Free School Meals (UIFSM)

Under the UIFSM scheme, all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 in England and Wales are entitled to a free school meal. In order to take advantage of this, please fill out the UIFSM form, available on our Downloads Forms page.

Free School Meals

Children and young people in any year group may be entitled to free school meals if their family is in receipt of certain benefits. For more information and to apply, please see the Free School Meals Application Form available on our Downloads page.

Packed Lunches

Instead of having a school meal, children may alternatively bring in a packed lunch.

All parents are requested to support our Healthy School agenda to help children learn about making healthy food choices by ensuring that their child’s packed lunch adheres to our Packed Lunch Policy which can be found on the School Policies page.

Packed lunches should be brought to school in a labelled packed lunch box or bag. Glass/breakable containers are not permitted.

Nut Free School

Shaftesbury Park is a nut-free school. We would like to remind all parents/carers that nuts and nut products are not permitted on school property. We have a number of children who unfortunately suffer from severe nut allergies which may be triggered by touching, inhaling or ingesting even the slightest trace or residue of the allergen, resulting in a severe, systemic, potentially fatal allergic reaction called anaphylaxis. We thank you for your cooperation in this matter.