School Dinners

Food Policies

Our school dinners are cooked on the premises by Chartwells.  A termly menu is available below and a copy is e-mailed along with JBuzz. We provide a choice of meals and a vegetarian option is always available.

See below for  Chartwells’ YouTube channel ‘Super Yummy Kitchen’ designed for children at home during the CV 19 crisis.

It’s a fun way for them to learn to prepare a few healthy dishes at home which all the family can join in.

John Ball Primary – Food Policy


Payment for dinners should be made online via Arbor.  The current price of a school meal is £2.30 per day (£11.50 per week).

We ask parents to choose their child’s school dinner option as either a hot meal or packed lunch for the half term and not to change from this unless neccessary.  This is to ensure the kitchen has correct food supplies each week.  However, if your child brings a packed lunch in every day, but would like a hot dinner on a Friday, they are allowed to change this one day. Please inform Sharon Windham to request the Friday change on

Free School Meals

If you receive any of the following, you qualify for Free School Meals, and by registering you will help us to ensure additional income.

  • Your child can get free school meals if your combined annual household income is below £16,190 (as assessed by HMRC) and you get one of the following benefits:

    • income-based: income support or jobseeker’s allowance (not eligible if on contribution based jobseeker’s allowance)
    • income-related: employment support allowance (not eligible if on contribution based employment support allowance)
    • universal credit
    • income support
    • the guaranteed element of state pension credit
    • support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
    • child tax credit only.

Please be assured that registering for FSM is confidential. Please speak to Vikki Amner or Sharon Windham for more information, in confidence.  

Please see form for applying online and for more information –  Website – How to apply online for Free School Meals 2018

Packed Lunches

You may prefer for your child to bring a packed lunch. We teach and encourage children to eat healthily and this is followed up in the dinner hall. We ask that parents and carers support the school by providing healthy packed lunches. We ask that you don’t send in sweets, chocolate, fizzy drinks, glass bottles or cans. Please see the link below to view our packed lunch guidelines:

John Ball Packed Lunch Guide

JB 4 weekly Julia Donaldson menu for wc 23rd & 30th November, 7th & 14th December 2020, and 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th March 2021

JB 4 weekly Roald Dahl menu for wc 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th January 2021

JB 4 weekly Eileen Browne menu for wc 1st, 8th, 22nd February & 1st March 2021