School Lunches

Children can choose to have a cooked meal or bring in a packed lunch. School meals are provided by EATS, who are part of the Vertas Group.  They are prepared at Loddon Primary Federation and brought to Thurton. They offer good value for money and provide a healthy, balanced diet. There is always a choice of menu (the current menu can be found here), including jacket potatoes, vegetarian and special diets can be catered for if we are given adequate notice.

The cost of meals is £2.20 per day.  Loddon Primary requires that we order lunches a week in advance.  Therefore, if your child has school dinners you will need to complete a weekly lunch order sheet.  This will be put in the children’s book bags on a Monday and needs to be returned to the School Office by Thursday (with payment where applicable), so that we can order meals for the following week.If you don’t have a copy, a weekly lunch order form can be printed off here, completed and returned to the office.  There are also spare copies outside the School Office.

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Packed lunches should be nutritionally well balanced. If your child is having home packed lunch, please ensure that lunch boxes and all drinking containers (no glass or cans) are secure. As a healthy school, we ask that a balanced meal is sent, with no fizzy drinks and not too many sweet items during each week. Naming the sandwich boxes, particularly for the Reception and Key Stage 1 children is useful. Our school hall provides a lovely place for children to eat their lunch altogether in one sitting with children of different ages. The older children often help the younger children on their tables.

School meals for children in Reception, Year 1 and year 2 are free of charge as they are part of the Universal Free School Meals (UFSM) offered by the government. Meals provided from children in years 3 to 6 must be paid for in advance, by cheque or cash into the school office or by BACS (please see details below). If you think your family is entitled to Free School Meals through the disadvantage fund, please talk to our office staff and they will help be able to support you with your application.


EATS Spring/Summer 2018 Menu

Page Updated: 09/05/18