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School meals are cooked in our own kitchen on site and are attractively presented. Our aim is to achieve a calm and ordered lunchtime providing a caring environment for all the children and staff. We sit as a ‘family’ setting and the older children serve and look after the younger ones around their table. This way, all the pupils are encouraged to build their social skills, patience, responsibility for others and above all how to be a polite, well mannered individual. The teachers take a turn to sit with the children, it gives both the staff and pupils the opportunity to get to know each other better. After eating lunch the children go outside to play. Playtime uses a ‘buddy’ system for the Reception and Nursery children, this nurtures a feeling of responsibility for each other.

Infant (Reception to Year 2) meals are free. School meal payments for junior children (Year 3 to Year 6) is brought on a Monday morning. At present, the cost of a school meal is £2.50 per day, £12.50 per week, and can be paid weekly, monthly or half termly. Parents are welcome to join us for a school meal as long as they order the meal before the start of school that day. 

If a child is absent from school and does not have a school dinner, a refund is made for that meal provided it has been cancelled before 10am. However, if a child goes home after that time, and their lunch has been ordered, the meal will still have to be paid for.

Free school meals are available if parents/guardians are receiving one of the following qualifying benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income Based Jobseekers Allowance (IBJSA)
  • An income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Child Tax Credit, provided parents/guardians are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income that as of April 2012 does not exceed £16190.
  • The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Universal Credit

We urge eligible families to apply even if their infant children are having free meals. Please click on the following link to apply:


Please click on the link below to see our current school meal menu:

School dinner menus September 2019

If your child chooses to bring a packed lunch please click on the link below to read our Packed Lunch Policy:

Packed Lunch Policy



Plumpton School
Plumpton, Penrith,
Cumbria CA11 9PA

Telephone: 01768 894247

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