School Meals

At lunch time each day, children can have a hot lunch or bring a packed lunch from home.

The school offers a choice of good quality hot lunches each day, with two main meal options available, one of which is a vegetarian option. If you would like your child to have a hot lunch this needs to be agreed with the school and cannot be organised weekly.  Meals are prepared and served by the Lunchtime Company.  Please find more information on The Lunchtime Company and current menus under PARENTS - LUNCH MENUS.

Hot lunches are currently free for Infants and  £2.40 a day for Juniors.

School lunches can be paid for weekly or termly in advance. All money should be sent in an envelope with your child's name on it. If you wish to pay by cheque, write your child's name and class on the back. Cheques should be made payable to Ely St John's School. Please send dinner money via your children.

Payment can also be also be made electronically using our messaging system, SchoolComms. This payment system can be set up for you when your child is offered a place with us. If you receive Income Support or other benefits, your child may be eligible for free school meals. Please visit the Local Authority's website page on


Children may bring packed lunches. Please provide a drink in a suitable drinking bottle. Water is always available to refill bottles as and when needed. Please do not send hot or fizzy drinks or glass bottles. Sweets and bars of chocolate should not be included in packed lunch boxes. Please make sure that packed lunch boxes and bottles are clearly named.

Due to severe allergies, please DO NOT send any nuts with your child's packed lunch. Please also DO NOT send in ANY largely nut based products such as peanut butter or Nutella.

As part of a government initiative the Infant children are offered a piece of fruit each day The school also takes part in the School Milk project

All children are encouraged to bring a bottle of plain, still water in a plastic bottle to class.

For information on how to apply for Free School Meals, please refer to the separate Free School Meals section under Key Information.