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Healthy Eating

We have achieved the ‘Healthy School’ award, and encourage healthy eating through curriculum activities as part of a broader education about healthy lifestyles.

Break-time snacks

All children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 classes are provided with free fruit or vegetables for mid-morning snack. Older children can purchase a healthy snack from the tuck shop or bring fruit or vegetables from home.

School dinners

Compulsory standards are now in place for schools concerning the food provided at lunchtimes and at other times. Dussindale has an excellent kitchen on site that provides all the cooked dinners. The meals, devised by Edward and Blake,  are very popular with the children (current menu at bottom of page).  School dinners cost £2.10 per day, per child, and children can choose either a hot dinner or a school packed lunch.  A drink of water is always served with hot dinners. School packed lunches include a fruit juice drink. For an additional charge of 30p, children having hot dinners or home packed lunches can also have a fruit juice drink.

You can pay for school dinners/drinks in three ways:

  1. Put exact money (cash or cheque) for the week in a dinners envelope (available from the school office); to be collected during class registration.
  2. Pay cash into the cashless system in the foyer.The machine will accept 10p, 20p, 50p, £1 and £2 coins, and £5, £10 and £20 notes. You can pay as much in advance as you like with this system, and the machine will keep track of your account; this cuts down on the number of visits you need to make. Please note office opening times for using the cashless system: 8.30-10.30 am, or after 3.20pm.
  3. Leave a cheque in the cheque deposit box just inside the main entrance, in an envelope clearly marked with your child’s name and class, and what the payment is for (for example, lunches or school uniform).

We strongly encourage families to have school dinners. The more children that take up this option, the greater the range of healthy options we will ultimately be able to offer as the school expands.

Packed lunches

In accordance with the school’s healthy eating policy, we ask that packed lunches brought from home should adhere to the same healthy standards as school meals, i.e:


  • Bread, rice, pasta, couscous or other carbohydrate source
  • Meat, fish, cheese or soya product for protein
  • Not less than one portion of fruit and one portion of vegetable
  • Fruit-based, milk-based or cake-based dessert
  • Natural drink e.g. milk, water, fruit juice, drinking yoghurt, smoothie.


  • Sweets
  • Chocolate
  • Biscuits
  • Crisps and other similar savoury snacks
  • Sugary or carbonated drinks

Water bottles

Children are asked to bring a water bottle with fresh water in every day. These can be replenished from the taps in school.
The Food Standards Agency has produced useful suggestions for healthy lunchboxes at > Ages and Stages > lunchboxes.