John Stainer


School Meals

Children are able to have a school meal, or to bring a packed lunch. Packed lunches are brought to school and stored in the classrooms until lunchtime. They are monitored to ensure they are balanced. We have a number of children with very serious nut allergies so please do not send any form of nuts in. We do not allow any form of sweets or chocolate in either school dinners or packed lunches.

 Dinners must be paid for in advance, on a Monday, or they may be withdrawn. We would like to confirm that the meat served by our school kitchen is halal meat. Water is freely available throughout the day. We do not allow sweets to be eaten in school at any time, except at our fairs and discos.



All Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 children are entitled to a free dinner, but it is extremely important to our school funding that if your child is entitled to Free School Meals even if they already get them that you apply online. If you don't apply, we don't get the funding!

 Please see below the Summer/Autumn Menu 2023 for John Stainer school.

Nourish Menu - April-October 2024

Who can get free school meals

School lunches are now provided free to all children from Reception to Year 6. However, if you are eligible for any of the benefits below, or free school meals it is VERY IMPORTANT that you complete the application for this. 

  • income-based: income support or jobseeker’s allowance (not eligible if on contribution based jobseeker’s allowance)
  • income-related: employment support allowance (not eligible if on contribution based employment support allowance)
  • universal credit
  • income support
  • the guaranteed element of state pension credit
  • support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • child tax credit only. 

The school receives additional funding of £1,455 per pupil eligible which is used to provide targeted support for those children and additional staffing and resources at our school. If parents do not register we will not receive this vital funding. Please ask at the office if you are unsure.

Click the link below to check if you are eligible!

Apply for Free School Meals 

 This page was last updated on 22nd November 2023