Epping Primary School

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School Lunches

Autumn 2020 Update

During the current coronavirus pandemic our lunchtime arrangements have had to be changed. 

Please see below (taken from The School Day letter) for details for how it will work for the moment.

• For the month of September, EYFS and KS1 pupils will have a choice between a hot lunch (e.g. pasta, jacket potato, fish fingers) OR a picnic lunch (e.g. cheese roll, ham bagel). Alternatively, you may wish to send them in with their own packed lunch.

• KS2 pupils will need to bring in a packed lunch from home.

• If your child is in KS2 and entitled to a free school meal, they will be provided with a choice of a hot lunch OR picnic lunch. However, your child may bring a packed lunch if you wish.

• There will be 3 sittings for lunch to ensure we can maintain appropriate social distancing. KS2 pupils will eat in their classrooms. Pupils will also have a play outside after lunch. Again, there will be no interaction between Class Bubbles.

• Lunch times will be reviewed at the end of September and we will communicate with you any changes that will be made.

• On a Friday if your child is in EYFS/KS1 or KS2 free school meals then you can choose a packed lunch to be taken home when your child is picked up from school.


Lunch Arrangements 

School Lunches FruitPupils can bring in their own packed lunch or can order a school hot lunch. Our food is prepared and cooked on the premises and comprises of a balanced, tasty and nutritional menu. The meals are very popular with the pupils and are great value at £11 per week (just £2.20 per meal). Parents/carers and pupils are encouraged to select their choice of lunch one week in advance and for a week at a time. The choice of school lunches is selected from a weekly menu sent home with the KS1 pupils and chosen in class for KS2 pupils. Lunches should be ordered and paid for by the Friday morning of the week before and can be paid for using our online payment system, cheques (payable to Epping Primary School) or cash.

A fresh salad bar and choice of fresh fruit or yoghurt are available daily. Fresh drinking water and milk is also available each day.

We request that healthy packed lunches are provided in a suitably robust, named container and that there are no nuts, fizzy drinks, sweets, chocolate or yoghurt tubes. 

Year F, Year 1 and Year 2 Universal Free School Meals

From September 2014 all pupils in Foundation, Year 1 and Year 2 are eligible for FREE school meals. This is fantastic news because pilot studies have clearly shown significant benefits for children eating a proper nutritious meal in the middle of the school day.

However, families on low incomes are asked to continue to complete a confidential free school meal registration form as this information will enable our school to continue to access pupil premium funding allocated from the Government.

Pupil premium funding makes a big difference and this year we received £1320 for each pupil registered. Our school has successfully used the money to subsidise workshops for parents/carers, trips and music lessons, as well as employing a Counselling and Family Support Worker.

Please help us help your child. Full details are contained in the Free School Meals letter. parents/carers receiving the benefits listed in the letter enable the school to receive much needed funding. Please be sure to complete the relevant forms which are available from the school office.

St George's Day cakesSpecial themed menus

We occasionally have themed lunch days. These have included French day, St George's Day, Children in Need and Wimbledon. On these days the menu fits the theme and the hall is decorated appropriately! Look out for details in your child's book bag.



Tasting sessions

Come and try the food for yourself. Look out for our sampling tables at the parent/carer consultation evenings.

2 members of the Parent/Carer Forum were invited in for lunch with the pupils which was a positive experience. They were able to see how 426 pupils enjoyed their lunch in an orderly and well-structured way whilst having a chat with their friends over a roast dinner. They also met with the School Meals Support Manager who manages a large number of school kitchens throughout Essex. He was able to explain the whole process of school meals from government to pupil plate.

Lunch Menus

For the current lunch menus click HERE.

More information

Please look at the Calendar to see which week it is. Please contact the school office for further information.