We value the importance of meal times. We are committed to providing a healthy and nutritious meal for every child and the experience of eating meals in small groups. Children are encouraged to eat a healthy pack lunch. To ensure the safety of our pupils who are allergic to nuts, food containing nuts are not permitted.
Example of a healthy packed lunch:
All children are expected to have a plastic water bottle from which they will be encouraged to drink water throughout the day. As with school uniform items these water bottles should be labelled with pupils’ names.
Parents should let the school know any specific food allergies their children might have so that these can be excluded from the food provided. We welcome feedback about the meals, as this will help us as we constantly strive to make our meals as appetising as possible.
Our amazing school meals are now being provided by a new contractor Principals Catering. All menus are nutritionally balanced and are only cooked with fresh food. They provide theme events and fun weeks. In addition to the two-main meal available every day, they offer jacket potatoes and salads both with a choice of nutritious fillings. The allergens are identified on their menu. Halal and non-Halal options are available daily.
Summer 2021 Menu
Spring 2021 Menu
Autumn 2020 Menu
Cost of School Meals
Principles are committed to teaching children where their food comes from and bringing their farmers and growers into schools to meet the pupils. Special diets can be catered for, please contact the school office for the relevant form.
To visit Principals Catering website please click here.
A charge of £2.20 per day/£11.00 per week will be made for food and drinks provided at lunchtime.
Food must be paid for in advance. Payment and ordering of school meals will be through MCAS.
Free School Meals (FSM)
A child may be eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) if their parents receive any of the following benefits:
- Income support
- Income-based Jobseekers Allowance (JSA)
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
- Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit, provided the parents are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have annual gross income of no more than £16,190
- Working Tax Credit run-on, which is paid for four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax credit
- Universal credit
Those who think they might qualify for free school meals for their children should contact the School Office which holds full details of how to claim for this or contact the Schools catering service at Croydon Council on 020 8726 6400. You can also apply by clicking the link here or here.
The government decided from September 2014, all pupils in Reception, Year 1, and year two should be able to have a free school meal at lunchtime. This offer does not depend on your household income or whether you receive any benefits – every child in these classes is eligible to take up the offer.