School Dinners at Clapgate

Importance Of Healthy Food In Schools

Eating a healthy diet helps children stay alert during class, fight off illnesses and grow into strong, healthy adults.

School children get up to half the food they need each day at school, which makes schools an important place for learning healthy eating habits.

School food policies help schools provide children with foods and drinks that are part of a healthy diet.

How To Order A School Dinner

We are currently using ParentMail to enable you to view and choose your child’s dinner each day.

To book a dinner, log on to ParentMail, select accounts from the menu, Dinners 2021 – 2022. Follow the screen prompts to complete your order.

Dates available to book are shown in a very light grey. If the box is darker grey, this means the purchase window has closed or a school meal is unavailable this day.

Parents should be pre booking a child’s dinner. 

If you do not order your child a dinner, we will call you and ask for you to bring a packed lunch in for your child, alternatively we will provide a vegetarian meal which may incur a small charge.

Dinner Menu

Packed Lunches

Healthy lunches and snacks are important for active children. It is important to offer healthy lunch box choices. 

Eating healthy food helps children concentrate and learn. However, healthy eating changes are not always easy to make. Try to set a good example with your own lunches. Encourage children to help choose and prepare their own lunch. They might like to make a list of the foods they enjoy. Praise your child when they choose healthy foods for their lunch box.

Foods To Put In A Lunch Box

  • Fresh fruit – best choices include fresh or tinned fruit. 
  • Crunchy vegetables – try vegetable sticks with dip or a small container with mixed vegetables such as cherry tomatoes, carrot sticks, and cucumber. 
  • A meat or protein food – try slices of lean meat, hardboiled egg, tuna, beans.
  • Starchy food  – such as bread, a roll, pitta or flat bread, fruit bread or crackers.
  • Dairy food – such as cheese, milk or yoghurt.
  • Water.


Foods Best Left Out Of The Lunch Box

  • Dried fruit bars and winders, which are very high in sugar, low in fibre and stick to children’s teeth causing tooth decay.
  • Dairy desserts and flavoured milk are high in sugar.
  • Crisps are best left for parties and special occasions.
  • Donuts and cakes are best offered at birthdays and special occasions instead of in lunch boxes.
  • High sugar drinks.
  • Chocolate bars are best offered as a treat and should not be in lunch boxes, a chocolate biscuit as part of a balanced diet is acceptable.

Food Waste

Sadly, schools are guilty of being big food wasters: every year in the UK alone, they throw away 123,000 tonnes of food, costing 250m annually!

So, how can we reduce school waste?

  • Ensure meals are pre booked so the kitchen know how many dinners to make.
  • Speak with your child about the dinner menu and choose meals together to ensure the child likes and will eat the selection.

Further Information

The costings for school dinners are as follows:

  • Nursery £2.05
  • KS1 – Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 FREE (Universal infant free school meals (UIFSM) provides funding for all government funded schools to offer free school meals to pupils in reception, year 1, and year 2.)
  • KS2 – Years 3,4,5 and 6 £2.40.

If you are entitled to benefit related free school meals (FSM) there are no costs, the information we have for this is provided by Leeds Council. If you think you are entitled to FSM but are not currently in receipt of this, please complete the form below and hand in at the school office. Please be advised you will have to pay for your child’s meal until we receive confirmation from the council.

Free School Meals Application

If your child has a special diet you need to alert us to this and fill in the relevant forms at the school office.

We have I-Pads installed at the school office. If you do not have a device at home to access ParentMail you can use these.