School Meals

All school dinners at St. Francis must be pre-ordered by 8:30am, including free school meals.

Meals for all Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 children are free and must be ordered online by 8:30am. Meals for Years 3, 4, 5, and 6 must be ordered and paid for online by 8:30am.

Drinks are no longer available to purchase, but water is available. The meals are a set menu every day.

Healthy Eating

Healthy School award

Good nutrition is not only essential for your child's growth and development but is also important to keep them adequately fuelled for the long school day.

Don’t forget that a school lunch is one of your child's three meals a day, so it's important to ensure that they are getting nutritionally balanced lunches and snacks.

Dos and Don'ts of Lunch Boxes


  • Do get the kids involved.
  • Do try new foods.
  • Do shake things up – variety is the key!
  • Do tailor lunches to the time of year.
  • Do make it look appetising.
  • Do be prepared and organised.


  • Don't leave it to the last minute.
  • Don't keep repeating the same lunches.
  • Don't forget about portion size.
  • Don't forget about hydration.
  • Don't forget about breakfast.

Lunchbox Ideas:

Sandwich fillers:

  • Tuna and sweetcorn, spinach leaves and mayonnaise.
  • Chicken, mixed salad and tomato relish.
  • Turkey, grated cheddar and tomato.

Sandwich alternatives:

  • Pesto pasta salad with chicken and peppers.
  • Brown rice salad with sliced hardboiled egg, avocado and spring onion.


  • Carrot and red pepper sticks.
  • Cubed cheddar cheese with grapes.
  • Fruit salad.
  • Mini box of raisins.
  • 2-3 dried apricots.

Free School Meals (FSM)

All children who are in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 (Key Stage 1) are entitled to a free school meal irrespective of parental circumstances. This means that if you have a child in these years they may have a hot meal. The government tell us that this will save a parent £400 per year.

Children in Years 3 to 6 (Key Stage 2) have to pay for meals unless you are entitled to Free School Meals.

Find out if you are eligible by reading the document below or visiting the Walsall Council's FSM web page:

If you are entitled to free meals, you can either apply online at the web page above, or by completing the form below: