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.


File icon: pdf Whole School Food Policy October 2015 [pdf 589KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Sample Menus April 2018 [pdf 1MB] Click to download

Key Stage 1 - Free School Meals

All children in reception, year 1 and year 2 in state-funded schools in England are eligible for free school meals.

Please inform your school if you do not wish to receive this offer, otherwise your child will automatically be opted in to the free school meal.

The school meal service offers all primary and special schools with a multi choice menu.

Every effort is made to cater for children with special dietary requirements.


Dinner Money

All state funded infant school children (Reception, Year 1 & Year 2) receive a free school lunch.

For more information please click on the picture link and visit the Oldham Council website. Sample menus can also be viewed.

Dinner money for KS2 (Juniors) is £2.10 per day therefore £10.50 per week.

Please note that cheques are preferable and are to be made payable to Oldham MBC. Please would you also send your cheque/money in an envelope clearly marked with your son/daughter’s name and class.
If your child has any credits due to sickness, holidays etc. Please remember to deduct them from the amount due.

Dinner money is payable in advance on a Monday for the coming week.  You will receive a reminder if dinner moneys are not paid promptly.


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.