School Lunches, Free School Meals and Healthy Snacks

Free School Meals

Our Online Eligibility Checking Service

The Government provides schools with additional funding for any pupil who has been eligible for free schools meals within the last 6 years. Checking eligibility for free school meals benefits both the child/child’s family AND the school. Some families may be entitled to free school meals which could save parents £10.25 per week, per child, which is nearly £800 per year for a parent with two children at school. Also, the Government provides school with additional funding for any pupil who might have been eligible to free school meals at any time during the last 6 years (even if this was only for a very short period of time - perhaps when a parent was between jobs). Therefore, it is very important for the child/child’s family and the school to check eligibility for free school meals.

We have a system that enables us to check any parents’ eligibility against the data held by the Department for Education’s Eligibility Checking Service (ECS). As pupils’ circumstances may change at any time, once we have entered a parent’s details, the system will regularly update and we will have access to up-to-date information without ever needing to contact you again.

This service offers a number of benefits for parents/carers, including:-

  • Offering a faster, simpler and more convenient application process
  • Delivering instant notification of entitlement
  • Reducing application errors through computer assisted validation
  • Removing the need for reapplication where eligibility continues
  • Removing the need for face-to-face meetings as these will no longer be required for application.
  • Removing the need for parents having to go to Derby City Council’s offices, as everything will be done at CJS.

As you can understand, this funding is extremely important and is used to benefit your child in many areas of school life. In order for us to claim this income, all we require is your name, date of birth and National Insurance Number. Please complete the slip at the end of this form and return it to school whether you are in receipt of the above or not. Alternatively, you can register yourself by logging on to or call in at the school office and let a member of the office team help you by logging on whilst you complete your check.

We will receive extra funding for pupils of parents who are in receipt of the following benefits:-

  • Income Support
  • Income Based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income Related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Working Tax Credit run on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The Guaranteed Element of State Pension Credit

Or if your child

  • Has been looked after by the Local Authority in care for at least one day.
  • Has been adopted from care.
  • Has left care through special guardianship.
  • Is subject to a child arrangement order.

School Lunches

Lunches are cooked on the school premises; the meals are of a high nutritional standard and are excellent value for money. The choice includes a meat or fish dish, a vegetarian option, jacket potatoes (with a choice of fillings), sandwiches (on selected days), together with a daily salad bar. There is a daily dessert as well as yogurts and a selection of fresh fruits. Children are encouraged to make healthy choices. Special diets on medical or religious grounds can be catered for.

The cost of a school lunch is currently £2.05. Payments should be made in advance using your ParentPay account for a week, month, half term or term. 

Alternatively, children may bring a packed lunch. The packed meal should be stored in a suitable container. Drinks should include a plastic cup or drinking straw. Glass bottles and cans are not allowed. Parents are asked not to send in any foods containing nuts as we have a number of children in school with severe nut allergies.

Children are cared for and supervised by experienced staff during the lunchtime period. They are encouraged to eat their meals and are expected to maintain the high standard of behaviour which runs through the school day. Lunchtime staff organise and run a variety of lunchtime outdoor activities.

If you wish your child to go home at lunchtime they may do so as long as we have written permission to allow them out of school.

Parents who feel they may be eligible for free school meals are actively encouraged to contact the school office for information. All enquiries are dealt with confidentially.

Healthy Snacks

We encourage children to have regular drinks of water and to bring fresh or dried fruit or vegetables such as carrots to eat at morning break times. Parents are asked not to send in any foods containing nuts as we have a number of children in school with severe nut allergies. We do not allow sweets, crisps, biscuits and fruit filled or cereal bars.

Children may bring in their own unflavoured drinking water, providing it is stored in a suitable container and can re-fill their containers at the start of break times if they wish to do so.  Drinking bottles are available from the school office (£1.20).

Children who are requested by staff to work during break time will not have the opportunity to eat snacks.

Food Allergens

The new Food Information Regulations require schools to inform staff and parents about the allergenic ingredients in any food or drink that is provided by the school. The 14 Allergens in the regulations are as follows: celery, gluten, crustaceans, eggs, fish, lupin, milk, molluscs, mustard, nuts, peanuts, sesame seeds, soya and sulphur dioxide.

The school dinner menus on the Junior School and the Infant School websites contain all the relevant information about the 14 allergens.

Chellaston Junior School is responsible for providing the school meals at both the Junior and the Infant School. We aim to serve high quality, healthy meals which meet the needs of all pupils. If any parents have any concerns about any allergies your child may have with regard to food, then please contact the main office at the Junior School to discuss this further with the catering team.

The kitchens at both schools meet all the standards regarding food safety (both schools have been awarded 5 stars from Environmental Health this year). However, as all food is prepared in the same kitchen, there is a very slight chance that a trace of certain allergens may be present, such as gluten, eggs or milk.

Future menus will continue to show all allergen information, but we ask that parents with any concerns contact the school.

For further information on allergens please visit

Healthy Eating Policy

Please download the file below.


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Contact the School

Chellaston Junior School

Maple Drive, Chellaston, Derby, DE73 6PZ

Main Contact: Marie Lewis, School Office Manager

Tel: 01332 701460

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