School Meals

At Rudston we use ‘Food for Thought’ to provide our school meals service. We chose FFT because they provide a commitment to using locally sourced, organic where possible, and environmentally sound raw ingredients for our meals.

The meals are cooked entirely on school premises by kitchen staff who are trained by both the school and FFT. The menus are carefully balanced by nutritionists and the children are surveyed to see what improvements can be made. School meals will be priced at £1.90 a day.

Our children deserve great school dinners they enjoy eating and that are healthy as well. We work within the curriculum to ensure that children are not only fed well but are food wise too. 

The menus change with the seasons.

See downloads below for current menus.

Free School Meals

Registering for free school meals can benefit your child and the school. If you think you may be entitled to free school meals or would like to find out if you may be eligible please visit the following website;

Packed Lunches

We expect all children bringing packed lunch to make sure it conforms to our Healthy Eating policy. A healthy packed lunch should include some of the following:

  • fruit ~ straight from bush or tree!
  • raw vegetables (e.g. carrots, cherry tomatoes and cucumber)
  • dried fruit
  •  savoury sandwiches (not jam or chocolate spread)
  • a yoghurt or fruit dessert

Beware of food companies aiming products at children while giving their parents the impression they are healthy. Key offenders are ‘yoghurt’ and ‘fruit’ products. Products calling themselves fruit but processed into another product (a winding thing for example) are not healthy, ‘frubes’ contain 14g of sugar per 100g. The natural sugars which are good for us undergo a chemical change and become unhealthy. Other processed products like dunkers and processed cheese are very heavy on salt, often containing more than a child’s whole recommended daily intake. High salt diets are very bad for children. These foods may be OK for an occasional treat but are not part of a healthy lunch.

A good rule of thumb is that the less packaging the less processed food is the healthier it is.

Please remember we are a nut free school. We ask parents to avoid completely giving their children peanut butter sandwiches and other nut or seed-based snacks, as several children in our school are highly allergic to these products.


Children can bring a bottle containing water into school if they need a drink during the day. Flavoured drinks are not permitted. Children will drink water if they are thirsty and at lunch time drinks are available in packed lunches or with school meals. Milk is available in the Infant Department.

Please ensure you fill up your child’s bottle at home with fresh water in the morning and empty and clean it at night. That way you ensure their water is fresh every day. Bottles should not be left in school overnight as they get dirty and can cause tummy upsets.

Milk is available free of charge for Under 5s. Additional to this, milk can be purchased via Cool Milk (link here). 

No fizzy drinks are allowed in school. At lunch children on packed lunches may bring a carton of fruit juice.