School Meal Provisions at St. Mark's
An excellent healthy school meal is served each day with a choice of three meal options. Our cook and her staff are employed by the school and consequently we are able to control the food served more effectively. This has given us increased flexibility in ensuring the service given to all our pupils is only of the highest quality. The headteacher is closely involved with the menus on offer.
All our pupils eat in the school hall.
For Nursery children the meal is compulsory and acts as training in social skills.
From 28th February 2022, the cost of a school meal will be £2.10 per day (£10.50 per week).
School dinners are now free for all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2.
Key Stage 2 children have a choice. They may have a school meal or bring a packed lunch. Children who bring a packed lunch may buy a drink which cost 35p.
It should be noted that with a packed lunch neither bottles nor flasks are allowed - for health and safety reasons. Children are not permitted to bring sweets or chocolate bars to school.
Here are some examples from our delicious school lunch menus:
Chicken curry, rice and garlic bread
Pizza, potato wedges and sweetcorn
Chicken burger, diced potatoes and salad
Meat balls, pasta, bolognese sauce and crusty bread
Fish fingers, chips and beans/mushy peas
Sausage, diced potatoes and spaghetti hoops
Breaded cod, waffles and sweetcorn
Chicken pie, roast potatoes, carrots and gravy
Beans on toast, cheese on toast, lasagne
Chicken wrap, chips and salad
Free School Meals
The children can buy a healthy slice of toast each morning at playtime if they wish. The cost is £6 per half term paid on ParentPay at the beginning of each half term. This is a great fund raising activity to boost our school funds.
Up to the term in which they are five, school milk (one third pint) is supplied to children free of charge. After that milk will be provided at the rate of 66p per week payable in advance. We give plenty of notice that payment is due and it is parent’s responsibility to ensure that payment has been made. No milk will be provided without payment and only in very exceptional circumstances will we accept late payment. We cannot change our milk order on a daily basis.
NB: You only need to pay for milk once your child turns 5, you will be contacted once your child turns 5.
School Fruit Scheme
As part of The National Fruit Scheme every child in our Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 class is entitled to a free piece of fresh fruit each school day. The overall goal is to increase fruit and vegetable consumption among children. We encourage our Key Stage 2 children to bring fruit as an afternoon snack.