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School meals

Dinner money

Please send money in an envelope clearly marked with your child's name and class on a Monday morning. School meals currently cost £11. We also have a pre-payment system whereby you can pay in advance for a whole term/half term period. You may also pay online or by cheque made payable to Diamond Hall Junior Academy.

How to pay online

If you'd prefer to pay for your dinner money online, we use Scopay, a secure online payment system that parents can use to pay for school dinners, trips and more. Click here to login. If you haven't already got a Scopay account, please contact enquiries@diamondhalljuniors.co.uk.

We do not allow arrears to build up in respect of lunch payments. If your child owes more than two weeks worth of dinner money, we will request a formal meeting. We therefore appreciate prompt payment on a Monday.

Free school meals

Children of parents who receive income support or income based job seeker's allowance are entitled to free school meals. We ask all eligible parents to register, even if their children do not choose to take free school meals, as this affects how our school is funded. Forms may be downloaded below. 

Change of meal preference

So that we can ensure the well-being of pupils over lunchtimes, when signing up your child for a particular type of meal (eg hot dinner, packed lunch, meal at home) please keep that arrangement for a full half term. This is to ensure that we are aware of the arrangements for pupils during lunchtimes. If your circumstances change or you would like to discuss changing the arrangement before the end of a half term please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Bennett or Mrs Oliver.

Hot dinners  

All meals are cooked on the premises and are eaten in the school hall. The school meals service provide a wide range of healthy choices, and there is always fresh fruit available to supplement the daily meal. 

From time to time, the school meals service like to encourage children to try new food from around the world, and there are sometimes ‘themed’ days where food from different cultures is available. Although the foods are varied, they all meet the nutritional standards set out by the Food In Schools authority, and on such themed days there will also be a non-themed popular choice and salad bar in order to meet the widest needs. This occurs only a few times across the school year, but it is always a good opportunity for children to try something new and encourage healthy choices.

You can download a copy of our lunch menu at the bottom of this page. 

Packed lunches 

If your child brings a packed lunch to school please ensure they bring it to school with them on a morning clearly labelled with your child’s name and class.

We promote healthy options as part of the wider school ethos, and therefore encourage fruit and other fresh ingredients as packed lunch content. Please do not send fizzy drinks, chocolate bars or sweets. Drinks should be either bottled water or fruit juice/cartons. We do not accept glass bottles or cans.   

There may be children in school with food allergies, the most common of which is intolerance to nuts. We would appreciate it if, in consideration of those children, you could avoid putting nuts in your child’s packed lunch. Even traces of nut oil on a person’s hands can have a severe effect on anyone with an allergy of this nature. To remove the risk, we would request children do not bring nuts of any variety to school.

NSBP breakfast scheme

Our school is taking part in the National School Breakfast Programme which runs until March 2021. Every child will receive a free breakfast each morning to eat in their classroom until our usual breakfast club can be resumed safely. 

Menu - September 2021

Week 1

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Main choice

Sausage with gravy and Yorkshire pudding.

 

Chicken and pepper curry 

Chicken dinner with gravy

Shepherd’s pie 

Fish fingers and chips 

Halal sausage with gravy and Yorkshire pudding.

Halal chicken and pepper curry 

Halal chicken breast with gravy.

Halal shepherd’s pie

Fish fingers and chips 

Lighter option

 

Macaroni cheese

Ham salad wrap 

Jacket potato with tuna mayo 

Corned beef pie with  gravy 

Breaded fish cakes 

Non-meat option 

Roast squash and chickpea curry

Mixed bean curry 

Quorn fajitas served with wraps.

 

Tomato, red lentil and herb pasta

 

Quorn Sausage 

Served with 

 

Potatoes

Seasonal vegetables  

Steamed Rice 

Seasonal vegetables  

Potatoes 

Seasonal vegetables  

Potatoes 

Seasonal vegetables  

Chips

Seasonal vegetables  

Baked beans 

Dessert

Mandarin cake and custard

Jelly and fruit 

Iced cake 

Oat and fruit biscuits 

Ice cream tub and fruit 

 

 

Week 2

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Main choice

Pork meatballs in tomato sauce 

 

Mince and dumplings 

Quorn nuggets 

Chicken, Yorkshire pudding and gravy

Fish portion and chips 

Halal meatballs in tomato sauce 

 

Halal mince and dumplings 

Potato wedges 

Halal chicken, Yorkshire pudding and gravy

Lighter option

Jacket potato with cheese 

Cheese and tomato swirl

 

Ham and cheese panini

 

Cheese and onion quiche 

Margarita pizza and chips

 

Non-meat option 

Cauliflower and broccoli cheese

Tomato and herb pasta 

Macaroni cheese 

Quorn curry and rice 

 

Jacket potato with baked beans  

Served with 

Pasta

Seasonal vegetables  

Potatoes 

Seasonal vegetables  

Potato wedges

Seasonal vegetables  

Potatoes

Seasonal vegetables  

Chips

Seasonal vegetables  

Dessert

Pear cake and custard 

Banana muffin

Flapjack and custard 

Chocolate mousse 

Shortbread and apricot biscuits  

 

 

Week 3

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Main choice

Chicken curry 

Pasta bolognese 

Chicken with sage and onion stuffing and Yorkshire pudding

Mince and onion pie 

Fish fingers

Halal chicken curry

Halal pasta bolognese 

Halal chicken with sage and onion stuffing and Yorkshire pudding

Halal mince and onion pie 

Lighter option

Jacket potato with tuna mayo 

Cheese and onion panini

 

Cheese quiche 

Breaded chicken 

Non-meat option 

Pasta and bean bake 

 

Vegetable and bean chilli and rice 

Cheese pasta 

Quorn sausage and gravy 

Tomato and oregano pasta 

Served with 

Steamed rice

Seasonal Vegetables  

Roast potatoes

Seasonal vegetables  

Roast potatoes

Seasonal vegetables  

Boiled potatoes 

Seasonal vegetables  

Chips

Seasonal vegetables  

Baked beans

Dessert

Peach cake and custard 

Chocolate chip muffins/cookies 

Rice pudding and fruit 

Chocolate orange cake and custard 

Oat and fruit biscuits