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Lunches and Milk

Please read the above documents which explain the difference between Universal Free School Meals which are available for all children from Reception to Year 2 and the Free School Meal scheme.

At lunchtime, you may arrange for your child to have a school dinner (either a hot meal or a packed lunch) or bring a packed lunch from home. Please note, we require two weeks' notice if you wish to move from one meal pattern to another.


School Meals (Our menu is available to view by following the link above).


Hertfordshire Catering provides our school meals in line with current Government guidelines. School meals are a good opportunity for the children to develop their social skills and can play a major part in broadening children's attitudes to what foods they will and will not eat! For all these reasons, we like as many children as possible to use the school meals service.


As we do not have the facilities to make meals at St Michael's they are provided and brought into school each day by St Adrian’s Primary School. Pupils make their meal choices each day.


School meals are free for children in Key Stage 1, ie Reception, Years 1 and 2.  To ensure that every child is registered for this free meal, parents of these children are asked to register online at  Please see information document above, 'UIFSM - Reception to Year 2'


For children in Key Stage 2 the price is £2.65 per day. You will be billed half a term in advance taking into account any credits from the previous term. Invoices can be paid via the school's Gateway as we are a cashless school.  Your KS2 child may still be eligible for free school meals if parents satisfy the qualifying benefit criteria.  Please see information document above, 'Year 3 and above'.


If for some reason you wish to change your child’s meal arrangements, please give us two weeks' notice, in writing.


If your child has a food allergy or intolerance and meets the qualifying criteria, then Hertfordshire Catering have a range of delicious and nutritious menus designed especially for your child’s medical requirement.


The on-line account system takes just minutes to create and complete and is really easy to use.  To apply, simply follow the link above, 'Food Allergy or Intolerance Menu'.


Packed Lunches


In order to promote a healthy lifestyle we ask that parents avoid sweets and fizzy drinks when sending packed lunches into school. Many children bring carrot sticks and pieces of fruit or raisins as healthy extras in their lunch boxes. Nuts and nut products are not allowed in school because of the number of pupils with serious food allergies.


If your child will be bringing a packed lunch from home as their regular meal pattern, they are invited to join us for Free Choice Friday lunch, as long as we have prior notice at the beginning of each half term, for invoicing purposes.

Milk in School

Free milk is available for all children under the age of five in school, funded by the UK government.


In our school, this milk is provided by Cool Milk, the UK’s leading school milk supplier.


We will register your child for their free school milk on your behalf by providing Cool Milk with your child’s name and date of birth.


When your child turns five, you are able to pay a subsidised rate for your child to continue to receive milk. If you wish for your child to continue receiving milk from the age of five, simply register with Cool Milk directly via their website ( or pick up a registration form from the school office. They will then contact you at the appropriate time to arrange pre-payment.


All information handled by Cool Milk is processed in accordance with current Data Protection Legislation. The data will be stored securely on Cool Milk’s UK-based servers and will not be passed to third parties other than to UK Government departments for audit purposes.


Please email the school office if you would prefer us not to register your child for free school milk.