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Lunchtimes at St Mary Magdalene

Lunchtimes are an opportunity to have a safe, happy and worthwhile break from school teaching sessions in the middle of the day.

Lunchtime is from 11:45am -12:45pm for all year groups.

Hot Meals:

Universal Free School Meals mean that every child from Reception to year 2 can enjoy a free cooked meal every day. When Reception children first start staying dinners they are paired up with a Year 6 buddy who will guide them and help them with the routines of the dinner hall.

Meals for children in years 3-6 cost £2 per day, £10 per week, which should be paid on a Monday and sent with your child in a labelled envelope.  Many families in Sandwell could get free school meals but don’t claim for them. Your child may be entitled to free school meals if:

  • your annual income is less than £16,190; and
  • you claim Child Tax Credit.

Your child may also qualify for free school meals if you receive any of the following benefits:

  • Employment and Support Allowance (income related)
  • Income Support
  • Guaranteed Pension Credit (including Child Tax Credit)
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Support from the National Asylum Support Service.

Your child will not qualify for free school meals if you claim Working Tax Credit.


There is more information and a link to the application process on this website:


We do not have the facilities to cook our own meals on site, therefore they are cooked and delivered by a local primary school and served to the children via the serving hatch in the school hall.

We ask that you let us know on a half termly basis if your child will be having a hot meal or a packed lunch.

Packed Lunches  

If you prefer, your child can bring their own packed lunch from home. Children in Reception and year 1 eat their packed lunches in the main hall, Years 2-6 are supervised in classrooms to eat their packed lunches.

We encourage a healthy lunchbox and would ask that, as parents, you limit the amount of sugary food and drink and less healthy foods such as crisps. We can offer advice on what can go into a ‘Healthy Lunchbox’ and we often run parent workshops around healthy eating in school.


Lunchtime Activities

During dry lunchtimes they children are fully supervised on the playground and are encouraged to take part in physical activity and games. Our sports coach also leads playground games such as: rugby, netball etc with small groups of children. There are quieter areas of the playground should a child wish to read or play a ‘sit down’ game.

During wet lunchtimes each class has a lunchtime supervised assigned to their class who leads calm games and activities within the classroom.

Many clubs take place during lunchtimes for children who find attending a before or after school club a challenge, these include: recorders, knitting, and homework.


A new piece of European legislation – The Food Information For Consumers Regulation (EU FIC) comes into force on the 13th December 2014. This new regulation builds on current allergen labelling provisions for pre-packed foods and will introduce a new requirement for allergen information to be provided for foods sold pre-packed, sold loose or open food served.

The food-based standards specify which types of food should be served at school, and how often. “These school food standards are intended to help children develop healthy eating habits and ensure that they get the energy and nutrition they need across the whole school day”.

Our menus have been compiled using the required checklist within the food standards and we are confident that the menus will provide a wide range of healthy, nutritious choices for the pupils.

Primary School Menu June 16 (1)


The EU law has listed 14 allergens that need to be identified if they are used in any of the food and “loose” drinks served to our pupils, these are:
















We won’t have to stop serving anything that we currently serve, but the catering team must be aware and have information to hand, if asked, on the contents of all food and “loose” drinks served.

The school have purchased some Allergen information boards that will shortly be on display in the school dining hall,  that will advise pupils where to seek information, should they wish to make enquiries about ingredients used in the dishes served.

Please let us know if you child has any food allergies.



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