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Hurst Knoll St James'

CE Primary School

Inspiring Faith and Learning for Life


Lunch Menus

All children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are offered free school meals, visit tamesides website for more information via this weblink.


Children may choose to take a school meal or bring a packed lunch. The School Meals Service provides a two course midday meal, which is cooked on the premises and offers good value for money. Tameside is the forefront of Authorities promoting healthy diets. Your child has a choice of which main course to have and menu selections are completed by the children in advance. The choices work on a three-week menu. See the menus via this weblink


Our school has achieved the Gold Standard Award for our school meals in the Tameside Healthy Choice Award Scheme, so we can guarantee school meals are a great option!


School Meals currently cost £2.25 per day £11.25 per week.




The Local Authority determine the cost and let us know well in advance of any increases. Dinner money is payable on Monday mornings and the correct money should be put in an envelope clearly marked with the child’s name and class, to be handed in to the class teacher. Unfortunately we can not give change.


You can pay for school dinners online at:

Anyone wishing to apply for free school meals needs to go to or telephone Customer Services in the Council Offices. For the latest information about who is eligible and how to register for free school meals use this weblink.


Two weeks notice should be given if children are to change over to packed lunches. You can use our standard form to let us know of any changes, it is available via this weblink.

Packed lunches should be put securely in a container that is manageable by the child and marked clearly with his/her name. 

Drinks should be plastic screw-topped bottles, plastic containers with secure lids or waxed packs with attached straws. No glass or rigid plastic beaker drinks or cans please. 


We encourage children to eat healthily and look after their teeth so sweet, sugary or fizzy drinks are discouraged and we’d appreciate your co-operation on this. No sweets or crisps please, in packed lunches or for break time snacks.


All the food that we provide in school both at dinner time and at snack time meets the Government’s new food-based standards. More information about nutrition and school lunches can be found on:

If your child chooses to bring a packed lunch please make it as healthy as possible.


We are proud to have been awarded Healthy Schools Status.