School Meals and Packed Lunch Information

Packed Lunches

Exning Primary School is a Healthy School and as such, we have a policy on the contents of children's packed lunches. Please see our guidance here


Hot Meal Option

Click here to view or download the latest EATS hot meal menu where you can also find nutritional and allergen information for each week's menu.  Meals provided include a hot two-course option with the choice of vegetables, salads and desserts. There's also a vegetarian option and options for some special dietary requirements.   Menus are also available from the school office.  Changes to the menu will be communicated to parent's via Parentmail.


Cold Meal Option

Click here to view or download the latest EATS menu (see Option 4 for cold meal details) where you can also find nutritional and allergen information for each week's menu. Fillings provided are ham, cheese or tuna.  There will also be a selection of healthy snacks and a cold dessert option. 

If your child is going on a school trip then they can be provided with a school packed lunch. You will be asked to indicate if your child requires a packed lunch via a form on Parentmail when you receive details of the trip.



School meals cost £2.53 per meal. £12.65 per week.

If your child would like school dinners, you can go online and pay for school meals through Suffolk County Council.

To pay online please click here

If you would prefer to pay by cash or cheque please send dinner money in a named envelope and hand into the class teacher.  Envelopes are available at the office on request.  Dinner money can be paid daily, weekly or half termly. Please make cheques payable to Suffolk County Council.


Free School Meals

From September 2014 all children in Reception and Years One and Two will be entitled to free lunches as part of the Government's new Universal Infant Free School Meal policy.

For some of these children, schools will also be able to claim Pupil Premium, which will help provide them with further support. The criteria for eligibility is the same as the Free School Meal criteria for Key Stage 2 students detailed below.

The criteria for eligibility is where parents/guardians are in receipt of one or more of the following benefits:

  • Universal Credit (up to £7,400 net earned income)

  • Income Support

  • Income based Job Seekers' Allowance

  • Income related Employment and Support Allowance

  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

  • Guaranteed elemenet of State Pension Credit

  • Child Tax Credit, provided you are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit, and have an annual gross income, of no more than £16,190 as assessed by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs

  • Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit

Find out if your child is eligible for free school meals and click HERE to apply. 

If you have any queries regarding school meals or payment of school meals, including free school meals, please contact the school office