Lunch Menus 2021/2022

Lunch at Woodham Walter Primary School




Woodham Walter recognises the importance of good nutrition on pupils’ emotional, physical health and wellbeing and the effects this can have on an individual child’s ability to maximise their educational attainment.

We also recognise that eating should be an inherently social experience and encourage our children to interact and enjoy this period of their day as much as possible. Good manners and clearing away are also encouraged.

Our menus and lunchtime routines are regularly reviewed on the back of feedback from parents and contributions from children on the School Council to ensure that Woodham Walter’s lunch experience delivers on health, nutrition, fulfilment and fun.

School Dinners


Menus rotate on a three weekly cycle.

These healthy menus are produced in accordance with current nutritional legislation.

In addition to the hot meal and vegetarian option, a further option is available for the children. This is either a jacket potato or a pasta bar offered throughout the three-week menu cycle.

Each day there is a dessert on the menu and yoghurt and fresh fruit are provided daily as another dessert option.

We cater to allergies and strong beliefs, with vegetarian and vegan diets catered for.


Packed Lunches


Parents and pupils are consulted to encourage the use of healthy packed lunches. The school provides guidance for parents about packed lunches. Parents are requested not to provide their children with nuts for snack or lunch due to children having serious nut allergies in school.


Universal Free School Meals


Due to Universal Free School Meals, all pupils in EYFS and KS1 are entitled to a free school lunch daily. Those children who are entitled to a Free School Meal may choose from the whole menu without exception. Special themed lunches are organised to celebrate festivals and other special events. Parent and children (via the school council) comments are considered with the development of each new menu.

Free School Meals

In KS2, pupils are no longer entitled to Universal Free School Meals. If you can’t afford school dinners you may still be eligible for free school meals in Years 3-6. You will need to apply for free school meals online via Essex County Councils, Healthy Living and School Meals page –


To be eligible you must be receiving one of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit (not Working Tax Credit), with an annual income of below £16,190
  • Pension Guarantee Credit
  • Employment and Support Allowance, income related
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act, 1999
  • Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit, with an income of £7,400 or less


If you do not have internet access, the school office can assist you with making an application for Free School Meals.


Summer Term & First Half of Autumn Term

School Dinner Menu


Special Themed Menus


Jubilee Lunch 26.05.22