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    School Meals

    All children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are provided with a free school meal.  For all other years, we encourage your child to have a meal provided by the school.  If you choose to send your child with a packed lunch from home please see the requirements for a packed lunch here.

    Our new Spring menu is available here.  Effective from 1st September 2018 our school meal price will be £2.25 per day, £11.25 per week, paid in advance.

    Roll up Roll up the circus arrived at Paganel in the dining hall on 16/5/19.

    We had our first theme day of the year ‘Wild West’ 17/1/19.  We never fail to enjoy the children’s faces when they walk into a dining hall that has been transformed into the theme.

    Christmas arrived at Paganel on Wednesday 19/12/18, with our school Christmas meal.  The children were so excited and mesmerised by the display of food and the quality of the food.  Hopefully these photos show how amazing it was.


    We had our first theme day of the year ‘Jungle Day’ on 4/10/18.  The new reception children were absolutely amazed and thought it was a party!  Once again our award winning cook put on an amazing spread supported by her fantastic team.


    World Cup Fever

    Our amazing Aspens team joined in with the World Cup excitement by laying on a World Cup themed lunch on Thursday 28/6/18.

    What an amazing day for the pupils – the catering team had an ‘At the Beach’ themed day on Thursday 17th May 2018.  This was so much fun the team were very creative with their cooking, the sand was actually crushed biscuit.

    For World Book Day on 1st March 2018 the team joined in the fun and dressed up as a book character – can you guess which one?


    We celebrated Chinese New Year with a themed lunch on 14th February 2018.  This was so much fun and the children loved the food.

    Our monthly fun day was Italian Day on 18th January 2018 – how good does that cake look?  It was extremely delicious.  Click here for the photos.


    We had our Christmas Meal on 20th December 2017 and once again the catering team produced and amazing meal. Click here for the photos.








    On Wednesday 8th November 2017 we had an Indian theme day meal.  Click here for the photos.  The children thoroughly enjoyed tasting the authentic Indian food and show cooking.  I think you will see by the photos the staff did as well!

    On Thursday 5th October we had our Pirate Lunch day. The children really enjoyed the food and activities.  The next theme day will be in November watch this space for details.

    Our school meals are cooked on-site in our kitchen, using fresh produce, as much as possible, and they provide a healthy and balanced diet which serves to help with young children’s development and growth.  From the 1st of June the meals will be provided by Aspens, you can read all about them here.  The children can now choose a packed lunch option which consists of a sandwich/roll/wrap, a healthy snack, a homemade cake/fruit, access to the salad bar and a drink.  If your child is in Reception, Year 1 or Year 2 this is free.

    At Paganel we operate a 3-week rotation of menu (you can download the full menu via the link above).

    If your child has special dietary requirements, or if you have concerns about school meals please make sure that the office staff are aware, and we will do our best to accommodate them.

    Parents/Carers must inform the school office of what meal pattern you would like your child(ren) to have. For example your child may wish to have a school meal on Wednesday and Friday and you will provide a packed lunch on the other days. The pattern you choose will be entered onto our system to ensure your child receives the meal you request. Any changes to meal pattern should be through the school office. Changes to meal patterns should ideally only be altered on a half termly basis, however if circumstances change we can make a alteration mid-term.


    Years 3-6 are charged £2.20 a day for a school meal.

    Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are eligible for Universal Free School Meals, at no cost to the parents/carers.

    Dinner money should be brought into school in an envelope, with the child’s name and class, date and “dinner money” written on it. Please ensure it is brought in to the office. Envelopes can be obtained from the school office, free of charge. You can pay weekly, or half-termly, in advance.

    Pupil Premium / Free School Meals

    We have a new online system in place whereby we no longer need to see any paper proof of benefit. This system is really simple and quick to use to register for Free School Meals. Click here to register or use the link above.

    Registering for free meals could raise an extra £1,320 for Paganel Primary School, per child, to fund valuable support like extra tuition, additional teaching staff or after school activities.

    This additional money is available from central government for every child whose parent is receiving one of the eligible welfare benefits. It is therefore vitally important to sign up for free school meals, even if your child is in reception, year 1 or year 2, so that our school receives as much funding as possible.

    Once you have registered online you will never have to bring in proof of benefit again as the system emails the office when a family are entitled to Free School Meals. Even if you think you are not entitled to Free School Meals it is of benefit to complete the registration, as if your circumstances change the system will automatically email the office.