Darrick Wood Junior School

School Meals

A Healthy School

The health and well-being of our pupils is something that we take very seriously at Darrick Wood Junior School.

Healthy eating, along with regular exercise, is a key aspect of maintaining a healthy lifestyle and we therefore strive to ensure that the food pupils eat at school supports good health. In particular we have clear expectations in relation to school meals, packed lunches and breaktime snacks.

School Meals

Our school lunches are provided by Nourish Contract Catering.

The school provides free school meals for pupils whose families meet the eligibility criteria. For further information please follow the link below.

During pandemic restrictions we have been offering a reduced menu, but from 1st September 2021 the full Nourish menu shown below will be available:


 Nourish also have an activity calendar which they will be promoting with special menus throughout the year.


From September 2021 the cost of school lunches is £2.35 per day, which is £11.75 per week.  Payment is made via School Gateway.  Please ensure your child's account is in credit if they wish to have lunch. 

Text reminders are sent if dinner money accounts are not kept in credit and parents may be asked to provide a packed lunch if a debt remains unpaid.

We operate a pre-ordering system whereby the children choose what they want for lunch at morning registration.  We would be grateful if parents could discuss the menu options with their child beforehand so the pupil is clear about what they are choosing.

Please note that the universal free school meals programme does not apply to children at the Juniors.

Nourish Catering

Packed Lunches

Some children prefer to bring a packed lunch to school.

Whilst we understand that parents will have a much clearer idea about the eating preferences of their children, we also encourage parents to consider the nutritional aspects of the packed lunch that they provide for their children to ensure that it is a healthy lunch.

Ultimately, the decision about what goes into an individual child's packed lunch rests with the parents, although the school requests that the following items are not included in a packed lunch:

  • Confectionery including all sweets and chocolate bars
  • Fizzy drinks in cans or bottles

If these items are found in a child's packed lunch they will be removed. In addition, the school actively encourages parents to include at least one item of fresh fruit in their child's packed lunch.

Breaktime Snacks

Children are permitted to bring a snack into school to eat at break time out on the playground.

The school promotes healthy snack choices and pupils are encouraged to bring fruit as their playground snack. The school also operates a playtime Tuck Shop which stocks other healthy snack alternatives which may be purchased by the pupils. Crisps, sweets, cereal bars and other wrapped items are not permitted as playground snacks.

Further advice and guidance can be found on the Children's Food Trust website.

DWJS Tuck Shop

Pupils at DWJS have the opportunity to enjoy healthy, nutritious snacks that are purchased from the playtime Tuck Shop.

These snacks include dried fruits, fruit crisps, fruit bars, naturally flavoured raisins, flavoured water and milk.

The Tuck Shop, which is located on the bottom playground, is managed by Year 6 pupils.  The team consists of Sales Executives, Accountants, Stock Controllers and Purchasing Managers. Managing the Tuck Shop enables pupils to develop key 21st century skills such as: teamwork, problem-solving, research gathering, time management, information synthesising and the utilising of technology. This leads to greater confidence in pupils and a greater awareness of their own strengths and areas for development.