School Meals and Free School Meals
School meals are available or children may bring a packed lunch. The meals are freshly prepared and cooked on site and meet the School Food Standards, providing a hot balanced meal every day. The meal includes a choice of two main meals (one of which is suitable for a vegetarian) or a jacket potato with filling, a choice of two vegetables, a salad bar, freshly baked bread, a pudding of the day or a choice of fresh fruit, organic yogurt or cheese and biscuits, and drinking water.
It is possible to 'mix and match' if you would like your child to have hot dinners on only some days, and packed lunch the rest.
The menu is changed three times a year to reflect seasonal availability. Please click the link above for the current menu.
All pupils at Forestdale Primary School in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are entitled to a free school meal every day. There are no forms to fill out and you do not need to let the school office know. Your child can let their class teacher know that they are school dinners during the morning register. Your child is entitled to a free school meal throughout the year or they can change between packed lunches and school dinners whenever they choose.
Children in Year 3, 4, 5 and 6 classes are charged £2.10 for a school meal. Meals for a week cost £10.50.
Payment for meals is made via the Parent Pay website.
All parents are issued with a personal password to enable them to put credit on their child’s account.
Free meals are available dependent upon financial circumstances and forms are available from the school office.
Croydon Council has an online service so parents/carers can check their eligibility for free school meals. This self-service option is available at:
All you need to do is enter your name, date of birth, national insurance number, address and child’s details. If you are eligible the school is notified.
Even if your child does not wish to have a school meal but is still entitled, PLEASE register as the school receives funding for each child entitled to free meals.
Your child may be eligible if you have claimed one of the following benefits within the last 6 years:
- Universal Credit
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- The Guarantee element of the State Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit (provided you have not received working tax credit and have an income of less than £16,190.)
If you are unsure, please speak to the school office where information provided will be kept in the strictest of confidence.
For further information on the extra benefits from free school meals, please visit:
Children may choose to bring a packed lunch to school. This must be in a clearly labelled rigid container. Items such as sandwiches/wraps, fruit and vegetable crudités should form the main part of the lunchbox contents with 'treat' items such as biscuits, cakes and crisps kept to a minimum.
For the main part of their lunch, as an alternative to a sandwich/wrap, children can bring in soup in a thermos flask or rice/noodle based dishes in thermos tiffin style boxes if they prefer. Parents/carers should ensure that the contents of such containers is warm, but never hot, by the time that lunchtime arrives.
Fizzy drinks, chocolate, sweets and nuts are not permitted as part of a packed lunch and this includes chocolate spreads containing hazelnuts.
Children may not bring sweets or chewing gum into school.
Special Diet/ Allergy
The school is a nut free zone.
If your child has school dinners and suffers from an allergy or has a special dietary requirement, then please complete and return the following special diet and allergy form:
Each day, Infant children will be provided, free of charge, with a piece of fruit. This is part of our ongoing work as a 'Healthy School.' Th e fruit is provided by the National Fruit Scheme.
Junior pupils are encouraged to either buy a piece of fruit from the School Council’s Healthy Tuck shop for 20p a piece or bring a piece of fruit to school to eat at morning playtime.
All children under 5 are entitled to free school milk. We have signed up to a company called ‘Cool Milk’ that deliver fresh milk to the school.
If you wish your child to receive a carton of milk each day please complete the form that you will find in your Welcome to Reception pack. Once your child reaches their 5th birthday you can continue with the scheme but will be required to pay for the milk.