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School Dinners & Payments


Our pupils are offered a tasty and healthy selection of hot meals at lunchtime, with more fruit and vegetables being made available, together with oily fish, halal meat and less manufactured meat products and deep fried foods.

Parents also have the option of sending KS2 children in with a packed lunch.

Aspens  provides the school meals for all the schools in the Chiltern Learning Trust.

The cost of each meal is £2.40 per day which equates to £12.00 per week. We use ParentMail as the system to pay for school dinners. Please speak to one of the office staff if you have any questions about the system.


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Free School Meals

The school recognises the particular value of school meals to children from low-income families.  All children in Foundation and Years 1 and 2 are eligible and will automatically receive a free school meal under the Universal Free School Meal scheme. You do not need to provide lunch for your child in YR, Y1 or Y2.

The system for free school meals is actively promoted to parents by the school and a non-discriminatory process is emphasised.  If your child is in Years 3, 4, 5 or 6 and you think that you may be eligible to claim income-related free school meals for your child/children, please contact a Family Worker who will be able to help you.

Information regarding Free School Meals can be found here

Packed lunches

There is currently no provision for packed lunches in Lower School as all children in Foundation and Years 1 and 2 receive free school dinners in line with Government policy.

Children in KS2 can bring a packed lunch if they wish to. It’s just as important to make sure the lunchbox your child takes to school provides a healthy, balanced lunch as when they eat at home.  This means plenty of foods that contain the nutrients that children need, and fewer foods that are high in sugar and saturated fat.  

A balanced packed lunch should contain:

  • Starchy foods such as bread, rice, potatoes, pasta and others.
  • Protein foods such as meat, fish, eggs, beans and others.
  • A dairy item such as cheese or a yoghurt.
  • Vegetables or salad, and a portion of fruit.

We do not permit hot food, fizzy drinks, sweets or chocolate in packed lunches.

Mid-morning Snack

Foundation Stage and KS1 – Children are provided milk and a portion of fruit or vegetables. Water is also available.


Children are encouraged to drink water at school particularly after P.E., active play and in the hot weather.  Please provide your own water bottle, although we do have water bottles available to purchase from school via ParentMail.  Water is available at all times from the classroom taps.

Non-payment of school dinner money

Non-payment of school dinner money will result in the procedure below being implemented.  This procedure is in place across all schools in the Chiltern Learning Trust.

Download School Meal Debt – Action Timeline here