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School dinners

Schools have a duty to provide a paid meal on request and a free meal to those that are eligible. Nutritional standards are defined by Central Government.

Further information

Leicester schools follow strict guidelines set by the government when preparing food, providing children with a healthy tasty meal each school day. Copies of our current meal menus can be found at the bottom of this page.

Universal infant free school meals

Every maintained school in Leicester provides a free school meal for pupils in reception, year 1 and year 2. This follows a recommendation in the school food plan which aims to increase the number of children reaching good food in schools which will have a positive impact on children.

Is my child entitled to free school meals?

If you think your child may be entitled to free school dinners, visit the link below to find out more:

How much do school meals cost?

A two course school meal costs just £1.75 for a primary pupil and £2.05 for a secondary pupil. Why not ensure your child has a healthy, nutritious two course school dinner.

How do I pay for my child's meal?

You can pay for your child's meal by cash or cheque.  Please contact your child's school for more information. 

Can my child's school provide a vegetarian meal?

Yes, a healthy and tasty vegetarian option is available at each city school on a daily basis, our primary menus are based on 2 meat and 2 vegetarian dishes.

Can my child's school provide multicultural meals?

Yes, City Catering offers meals to suit cultural requirements. We have an Asian vegetarian menu  and a halal / interim halal menu.

Securing halal compliance

The council under the recommendation from the education and children's committee supports that halal meat is used in schools. 

What is the policy on nut allergies?

We do not knowingly use any nut products or products derived from nuts in our kitchens. However we cannot guarantee that our food is free from nut products. If your child does suffer from a nut allergy please contact City Catering on 0116 454 5060 and our dietician can create an appropriate menu.

My child is allergic to egg / wheat / dairy products

We would ask that you or your child ’s dietician contact City Catering with your child’s medical referral. We can then arrange for an appropriate menu for your child.

School dinner menus

Copies of our current menus can be viewed below, these menus comply with the school food standards 2015 and contain relevant allergen information.

For more information please contact jane.faulks@leicester.gov.uk
or by telephone 0116 454 5067

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