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School Meals

School Meals

School dinners are contracted out to Sandye Place Academy. Sandye Place Academy provide hot meals for the children each day. From September 2014, all children in reception, year one and year two are entitled to a free school meal.  Meals will be cooked on site by Sandye Place Academy staff. For children in year 3 and 4 Sandye Place Academy expect you to follow their procedures when you order and pay for a meal for your child:

  • Meals must be paid for in advance
  • Cheques should be made out to Sandye Place Academy
  • On the back of the cheque please write: cheque guarantee number, valid from date, expiry date, parents/payees name and address, child’s name and class.
  • Cash payments must be in an envelope with the child’s name and class clearly written on the front.
  • Payments can be posted in the post boxes marked for dinner money. These are situated along the corridors by the children’s cloakrooms. Payments must not be given to the teacher or office staff.
  • Payment can also be made on line using the parent mail system. You can follow the link here.

The nutritional content of school dinners is monitored by Sandye Place Academy and they ensure that meals are balanced and healthy. Please have a look at a sample menu. If you would like to learn more about school food and the new standards log on to

The most recent menu of school meal options is available to download here.

If you feel your Key Stage Two child may be entitled to Free School Meals, we encourage you to contact our Office, where we will be able to support you with this.

Packed lunches

We have been awarded the healthy schools mark and as part of this, we promote healthy eating. We therefore ask parents to support our healthy eating approach by providing a healthy packed lunch for their child(ren). It is school policy that no fizzy drinks, sweets or chocolate are to be included in a packed lunch – thank you.

Your child’s clearly named lunch box should be placed by them on the lunch box trolley when they arrive at school. The trolley is then available in the hall for your child to collect their lunch.

Please be aware that some children may have a severe allergy to nuts. It would be helpful if you could avoid adding these to your child’s lunch box. It is for these reasons we do not allow children to share or swap food – please remind your child of this.

We all need to have a balance of foods to ensure that we eat the right things to keep our body healthy and well nourished. When considering your child’s lunch box try to put in something from each of the main four food groups:

  1. Bread, other cereals and potatoes (the largest group)
  2. Fruit and vegetables (the second largest group)
  3. Dairy foods (the third largest group, equal with meat and fish etc.)
  4. Meat, fish and alternatives (often called proteins, they are the third largest group equal with milk and dairy)

Snack Time

Here at Maple Tree Lower School, through the free fuit and veg scheme for schools we provide a nutritious healthy snack for the children in the Foundation Stage and Key Stage one.

Children in the Foundation stage may choose to have a drink of milk or water. Those in Key Stages one and two will have water. Parents may pay for school milk fo KS2 children. Please talk to the Office staff about this.

Children in Key Stage two may bring a healthy snack to school each day. This should be either a piece of fruit (fresh or dried) or vegetable – as part of our healthy eating policy, anything else will not be allowed and will be returned home at the end of the day. Snacks should be brought to school in a named bag or small box and will be kept in the classroom for children to have at break time.