Children who wish to have a school cooked meal may do so. Vegetarian meals can be provided upon written request. A doctor’s letter is required for any child with special dietary requirements or food allergies. Free school meals are available upon application and are treated in the strictest confidence. Meals are cooked at the Infant School and transferred to the Junior site in insulated containers.
Children may bring a packed lunch, we like to encourage children to eat healthily and ask that sweets, chocolate bars, or fizzy drinks are not included. In school there are a number of children with nut allergies. We ask that you are mindful of this when preparing your child's lunch. We do not have the facilities in school for keeping food cool in hot weather. School would prefer that children do not bring hot food to school as part of their packed lunch. However, if parents do provide hot food it is their own responsibility to ensure that it is not too hot to burn if spilled and that flasks etc are washed and safe for use each day. Flasks should be robust and preferably metal to limit injury caused by accidental damage or breakage.
The budget of the catering staff means that children must choose between a school meal or packed lunch on a half-termly basis. A week's notice is required before changing at the end of a half term. Fruit or cereal bars are allowed at morning break and the infant children receive a free piece of fruit daily. Children should bring a water bottle to school containing only water and are able to refill during the school day.
Should you have any queries regarding either the nutritional content of school meals or questions relating to food allergies/ intolerances please contact the School Meal team at Darlington Borough Council using the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like your child to transfer from a packed lunch to a school dinner or vice versa, please complete one of the forms below.
Payment (Junior school children only)
The cost of school meals is £2.00 per day or £10.00 for the week. Payment can be made weekly, monthly or half termly; amounts are included on the newsletters. Dinners should be paid for using ParentMail; if you are unable to access ParentMail, please contact the school office to receive a pay point card.
Please click to view a copy of our most recent school dinner menu Winter/Spring 2020.