School Lunches

Healthy Eating

St. Ignatius School actively promotes healthy eating, and your children will have plenty of opportunities during the school year to learn about healthy diets. This is reflected in the meals we provide.

Menus are planned to give children healthy meal options, including plenty of fresh fruit, salads and vegetables. School dinners are prepared on site each day using fresh ingredients by a company called Dolce. The menus meet the School Food Standards and every child is given the opportunity to choose what they want for lunch from the menu. Parents can view online what their child has had for lunch and the ingredients used. You can also choose from the menu online at home. To find out more about Dolce, go to

All parents/carers are encouraged to sign up to SchoolGrid so they can choose and pay for meals online. If you do not pay for school meals, please still sign up to choose your child’s meals, which can be done a week to a term in advance! Please contact the School Office to set up your account.

Benefits for You & Your Child

  • Pay for your School Meals online and by Direct Debit
  • You can pre-order online for up to a term in one go
  • You can easily track your account online
  • Monthly direct statements show you what your child ate
  • You can view all recipes online, including cooking method, nutrition and artificial ingredients
  • Our parent feedback system keeps you more in touch
  • Your children get the dish they want, every day
  • Cooks can be shown dietary notes when serving your child

Free School Meals

If your child is eligible for free school meals, it is important that you make an application even if your child is not going to have the school lunch, regardless of their year group. This is because schools receive a ‘Pupil Premium’ – an extra payment for each eligible child which they can spend on many other useful services.

Does your child qualify?

If your child is attending school full time they will qualify if you receive:

  • Income Support
  • Income Based Job Seekers Allowance
  • Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit with no Working Tax Credit and have an income, as assessed by the Inland Revenue, that does not exceed £16,190
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration & Asylum Act 1999
  • Employment Support Allowance (Income Related) (ESA-IR)

Please download and complete the application form below, or ask the school office to help you.

Application form for Free School meals: application-for-free-school-meals.pdf

Further information can be found on the Wakefield Council Website:

Universal Infant Free School Meals

September 2014 saw the introduction of free school meals for all Foundation, Year 1 and 2 children! This means all children in Class 1 and 2 all eligible to receive FREE SCHOOL MEALS. Please ensure you utilise this service as it is available until your child enters Key Stage Two, where you will then need to pay for their lunches.

School Milk

Until the term in which your child turns 5 years old, they are entitled to a free carton of milk on each school day .

All children entitled to free school meals are also entitled to a carton of milk for free, each school day.

If your child isn’t entitled to free milk, this can be paid for through the following link:


The current cost of school dinners is £2.30 per day for each child. You can pay for school dinners by direct debit or by card. Dolce handle all payments and manage parent accounts. Parents can sign up for direct debit at Parent Grid. Card payments can be made through your online account, or by calling Dolce on 01942 707709.


Please note: from January 2018, any lunch ordered but not cancelled by 9.30am may be charged for. This means that if you pre-order meals from home and your child is off school for any reason you must cancel the meal before 9.30am otherwise you may be charged.

Dolce are introducing this to reduce food wastage from meals which are ordered and cooked, but not collected.

Please remember to cancel any pre-ordered meals if your child is absent from school!