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School Meals:

There are many reasons why you should choose a school lunch for your child. Children use up a great deal of energy during a full school day - they need to concentrate during lessons, let off steam at break times and then recharge their energy for the afternoon. A nutritionally balanced school lunch will help your child to prepare for the afternoon ahead.
Do you still need convincing?

As well as being a nutritionally balanced meal and a great way to try new foods, a school lunch is also excellent value for money.
School meals:

  • offer a daily selection of freshly cooked main meals, salads and desserts, fresh fruit or yoghurt;
    are nutritionally balanced over the course of one week;
  • provide up to 3 of your child's 5 a day portions of fruit and vegetables;
  • comply with the Government's mandatory regulations but also take into consideration what customers want;
  • provide the opportunity for pupils to sit down and enjoy their meal whilst developing social skills that will be very important later in life;
  • encourages healthy eating from an early age.

Supply 35% of all essential nutritional requirements that will help your child in leading a healthy lifestyle;
offer vegetarian options every day;
can cater for special dietary requirements;
take away the responsiblity and worry of providing a packed lunch.

More Information can be accessed here ( Menu Dietry needs etc.. )

Winter Menu 2014 - 2015

The Government introduced new legislation in September 2008 which means that primary school menus have to be nutritionally analysed for over 14 nutrients. By eating a school lunch every day you can rest assured that your child is being offered a well balanced meal which is fully compliant to the new standards.
On offer each day there is:

  • a minimum of two choices of main course with vegetables or salad, plus potatoes or an alternative carbohydrate such as pasta (in many schools there is also a third choice option of jacket potato with a variety of fillings);
  • two choices of dessert or fresh fruit,
  • extra bread;
  • a vegetarian choice;
  • a drink which could be fruit juice, milk or water.

How much does a school meal cost?

We discourage the transfer from school meals to packed lunches and vice versa at short notice.

School meals cost £2.00 per day (£10.00 per week). Payment must be made on a Monday morning each week, or the first day back after a holiday. The exact money should be sent into school in a sealed envelope marked with your child’s name, class and what the money is for. We accept cheques made payabe to Bury MBC. Some of our parents now prefer to pay at the beginning of each half-term for the whole of that term.

If you think that your child is eligible for Free School Meals, please read the Free School Meals section above
or contact:

The Benefits Assessment Team, Customer Support and Collections who can be contacted on 0161 253 5858.

The school menus run on a four week cycle which is changed every term to avoid repetition and introduce new dishes. Copies of the menu are displayed in schools or you can download the 2014 - 2015 winter menu.

You will need a pdf file reader to view the menu,

a reader can be obtained from: http://get.adobe.com/uk/reader/


Benifts of school meals


Quality of meals

School menus in Bury contain many home-made dishes such as beef goulash, spicy chicken fillet and tuna pasta bake. Only British beef, chicken and pork are used in recipes and fish that come from sustainable sources. Potatoes and much of the fresh vegetables are home-grown locally in Lancashire and all menus are nutritionally balanced with reduced sugar, salt and fat levels. Fresh bread and water is readily available at every meal.
About the Government's nutritional standards

Food nutrient based standards have been implemented across every primary school in the country. The introduction of these standards followed on from research by the School Food Trust that found that many children were not making healthy food choices at lunchtime and that school meals did not meet their nutritional needs. It was the Government-appointed expert group, the School Meals Review Panel, that recommended the new standards for school food.

The aim of the nutrient based standards is to help children enjoy balanced meals containing good sources of protein and starch, accompanied by lots of vegetables, salad and fruit. These standards mean that the less healthy food choices (those high in fat, salt and sugar) are replaced by more nutritious options which should have a positive impact on children's health and encourage them to eat more nutritious food.

Planning and implementing menus that adhere to the nutritional standards and which children enjoy and continue to be popular can be quite challenging. However, Bury Catering Service has purchased a nutritional analysis program (approved by the School Food Trust) called 'Saffron' to help achieve this and as well as this all area catering managers hold a Certificate of Nutrition.
Nutritional standards for primary school meals

Bury Catering Service is fully compliant with the latest nutrient-based standards for primary schools that came into effect in September 2008.

The standards require all food served in primary schools to be nutritionally analysed for 8 macro nutrients and 6 micro nutrients. In primary schools we only deep fry chipped potatoes and these are only served once a week. No other food is deep fried, everything is oven baked.

Winter Menu 2014 - 2015

We encourage all pupils entitled to a free school meal to take up their entitlement.
Find out if you qualify

You will usually qualify for free school meals if you live in the Borough of Bury and if one or more of the qualifying criteria is applicable to you.

Qualifying criteria

  • Income Support
  • Job Seekers Allowance (income based).
  • Child Tax Credit with an annual income not exceeding £16,190 and you are not claiming Working Tax Credit.
  • Guarantee element of State Pension Credit.
  • Children who receive Income Support or Job seekers Allowance (income based) in their own right.
  • Asylum seekers receiving support provided under Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.


I think I may qualify for free meals, what should I do?

Claiming free school meals

From September 2014 all reception, year 1 and year 2 pupils will be entitled to receive a free meal at lunchtime. For the school year starting in September 2014 this benefits children born between September 2007 and August 2010.

If your child is in this age group but is also eligible for free school meals because you receive one of the qualifying benefits we still need you to apply for these as normal.