School Lunches and Snacks

The Kitchen@DeanValley is run by our excellent catering team.

Fresh meat is supplied by Barrows Butchers of Bollington and all butchers meat is farm assured with pork, turkey and chicken Red Tractor certified. Potatoes, vegetables and fruit are sourced locally when in season and also used for salads and fruit platters. Bread, milk, cheese and yogurt are sourced from the North West within Lancashire and Cheshire. All fish is MSC, meaning it comes from a sustainable source governed by the Marine Stewardship Council.

In addition to lunches, the Catering Team offer a snack service at morning break time, enabling children in years 1 through to 6 to purchase, for example, toast, raisins, crumpet, milk, oatcakes for between 15p and 30p an item. Children in years 1 to 6 requiring snack should bring in 30p-50p per day in a named purse. The morning snack service is also provided to Reception class children, but we ask for parents to pay for a set amount for snack usually half termly, either cheque (Cheshire East Council) or cash. Drinking fountains are available throughout the school and children can also bring in their own water in a named non-breakable lidded beaker type container. Children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 also get fresh fruit to eat each afternoon, such as pear, satsuma, apple and/or banana, at no cost to parents.

The school menu runs on a 2 week rota and is changed twice a year through consultation with children and parents, plus there are several special menus offered throughout the year to celebrate particular occasions or events. In summer, older children are offered a hot bag enabling them to eat lunch outside if the weather allows. A home cooked Christmas lunch is also provided, complete with crackers and party music! The current menu may be found here

Meals currently cost £2.40 per child per day and snack for Reception class pupils is at a set 30p per day.

If you would like your child to enjoy a meal at school, please let the school office know. Meals can be taken every day, or just certain days of the week, and payment can be by cheque (payable to Cheshire East Council), cash or on line via ePayments (see separate web page about ePayments). Please note that 6 weeks notice is required to stop school lunches due to the advanced ordering of fresh food and ingredients to meet anticipated demand.

The catering team are more than happy to talk to parents about any feedback they may have, any concerns they have with their child's eating, or deal with any special dietary requirements. Please telephone the school and select option 2 to speak direct to the kitchen.

From September 2014 all KS1 children will be eligible for Universal Free School Meals. Some families may also be eligible for income related free school meals for their child. For information about free school meals including how to claim please click here


Dean Valley Community Primary School, Albert Road, Bollington, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK10 5HS