Lunch at School

School meals are prepared on the premises and there are separate sittings for Infant and Junior children. The children have a choice of hot meals, salads / sandwiches and a choice of dessert.

Children may bring a packed lunch if preferred and must notify the school office if they wish to change from school meals to packed lunches (or vice versa), giving at least two weeks notice. For safety reasons, please do not include glass containers in your child’s lunch box.  Pupils are encouraged to eat healthily and to show courtesy and good manners at the table.

To view sample menus please click on the picture link.


Dinner Money

The council Catering Services have informed school that the cost of dinners will be going up from £2.40 to £2.55 from 1st April 2021. The total weekly cost will be £12.75.  We understand that this is a significant price rise for parents who pay for school meals. Unfortunately it is out of school’s control.  

Please Note - We no longer accept cheque's or cash for dinners taken. Dinner money must be paid via the School Money app. Dinner money is payable in advance on a Monday for the coming week. You will receive a reminder if dinner money is not paid promptly.


Certified Ingredients

The catering service has been awarded the Soil Association's Food for Life Catering Mark, the Marine Stewardship Council’s Chain of Custody Standard, and the Good Egg Award.

The Food for Life award provides an independent guarantee that what's on your menu is freshly prepared, free from undesirable additives and better for animal welfare.

The Chain of Custody standard acknowledges that fish is only purchased from suppliers who support and source from sustainable fish stocks.

The Good Egg Awards celebrate companies who are showing leadership by sourcing or switching to cage-free eggs (barn, free-range or organic eggs).

Apply for Free School Meals

Your child may be able to get free school meals if you get any of the following:

  • Income Support
  • income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • the guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit - if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)

Children who get paid these benefits directly, instead of through a parent or guardian, can also get free school meals.

Your child may also get free school meals if you get any of these benefits and your child is both:

  • younger than the compulsory age for starting school
  • in full-time education

Birthday Treats

Birthdays and celebrations are an important part of school life. There are various non-food ways of celebrating birthday’s in school.

Due to our ‘Healthy Eating School’ status and Health and Safety concerns around allergies we ask that parents do not send ‘edible’ treats in to school to celebrate their child’s birthday.  If parents would like to celebrate with gifts for their child’s class they could perhaps send small items such as pencils, rubbers or a book that is donated for use by the entire class.


School Water Bottles

Please continue to support the school's Healthy School's policy to ensure that your child brings a clean, fresh water bottle to school. No squash and cordials please.

Your child will be given a school water bottle when they start our school and the lids will be replaced on an annual basis/or on a needs basis.


Healthy School Award

St Margaret’s has signed up to the Positive Steps Oldham 'Healthy Schools' programme, with an aim of gaining a 'Healthy School' status.

To achieve this award the school has to meet certain criteria based on PSHE, Healthy Eating, Physical Activity, and Emotional Health and Well-being.

As part of the programme we are implementing a ‘Whole School Food Policy’ and a 'Packed lunch monitoring and reward scheme'. We will be working with children and families to encourage parents providing packed lunches to provide healthy options; examples of healthy lunch-box items are ham, chicken, cheese or tuna sandwich, salad, fruit, yoghurt, carrot sticks etc.

All our school meals are nutritionally balanced and the Local Authority catering service has been awarded the Soil Association's Food for Life Catering Mark, the Marine Stewardship Council’s Chain of Custody Standard and the Good Egg Award!!


Please click on the link below to find out more about the award.