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School Lunches

At Holy Rood, our lunch break runs from 12:15pm until 1:15pm and during this time all of our pupils enjoy either a hot school meal prepared freshly each day in our school kitchen or a packed lunch prepared by their parents/ carers at home. 

We are able to provide a range of hot school meals cooked on the premises in our school kitchen. For further details about this service, please visit the County Catering website by clicking HERE.

Alternatively you may wish to provide your child with a packed lunch from home. Please note that due to allergy concerns we are a nut free school and therefore we ask that you refrain from sending children to school with nuts or nut based products e.g. peanut butter sandwiches, cereal bars containing nuts etc


Click below to read the schools' guidance  on packed lunches in: 









In certain circumstances it may be possible for parents to receive free school meals for their child(ren).

Your child may be entitled to receive free school meals if you are entitled to receive one or more of the following:

  • Income Support

  • Income Based Jobseekers Allowance

  • An income-related employment and support allowance

  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

  • The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit

  • Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by HM Revenue & Customs) that does not exceed £16,100

  • Parents receiving Working Tax Credit for four weeks after their employment finishes are entitled to free school meals during that period. This also applies to parents who start working less than 16 hours per week.

If you think that you may be eligible to qualify for free school meals please do not hesitate to contact a member of the school office team.



Please note: Under the Government's 'Universal Free School Meals' (UIFSM) initiative, all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are eligible to claim a free school meal each day regardless of economic circumstances. At our school we are pleased that an extremely high percentage of families choose to do this.

However if you and/ or your partner fall into any of the above 'Free School Meal' categories, it is important that you speak to the school office to register this as the school may be able to access approximately £1,300 of extra funding per year for the school to spend in supporting your child to make the best possible progress and in helping you to provide experiences for your child such as extra curricular activities, musical instrument tuition and educational visits.


If you have any queries regarding applications for free school meals please speak to the school office, who will be more than happy to assist you with this.