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

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).

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.


Changes to free school meal eligibility under Universal Credit - April 2018

What are the new eligibility criteria?

Children are entitled to receive free school meals if they or their parents or guardians receive any of the benefits below.

• Universal Credit, provided they have an annual net earned income not exceeding £7,400 (£616.67 per month)

• Income Support

• Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance

• Income-related Employment and Support Allowance

• Support under Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

• The guarantee element of Pension Credit

• Child Tax Credit, provided they are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190, as assessed by HMRC

• Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit

I don’t currently claim free school meals – what does this mean for me?

If you think you might be eligible for free school meals, submit a claim to your school or local authority. Your school should have a form you can use. The information you provide will be used to check if you are in receipt of a qualifying benefit and, if you are on Universal Credit, that your earnings do not exceed the threshold. If you claim Universal Credit, your earnings will be assessed from up to three of your last Universal Credit assessment periods.

If you are eligible, your school will be notified. Your child will receive free school meals and the school will receive extra funding.

I am currently claiming free school meals – what does this mean for me?

Most people won’t be affected by the new criteria. If you’re currently claiming free school meals, but don’t’ meet the new criteria, your child will continue to receive free school meals until the end of the Universal Credit rollout period. This will apply even if your earnings rise above the new threshold or if you stop being entitled to Universal Credit. The rollout period is currently scheduled to end in March 2022.

Once Universal Credit is fully rolled out, your child will keep their free school meal until the end of their current phase of education, i.e. primary or secondary.

Where can I get more information?

If you need any further information, please speak to a member of school staff or the local authority. You can also visit the free school meal website by clicking on the picture link.

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.