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School meals

School meals are provided by Hertfordshire Catering and are cooked on site daily. Alternatively, pupils may bring packed lunches from home - parents are requested to include healthy choices in the lunches and there should be no chocolate or fizzy drinks. The school has a no nuts policy, as there are children in school with life-threatening allergies.


The menu is rotated on a three-weekly basis and comprises a hot meat or fish option, a hot vegetarian option and a sandwich option.  The whole menu changes twice a year: the current menu can be downloaded below. To move to school meals or to arrange a trial of school meals, or to change your child's lunch options, please speak to the School Office.

Food allergies

If your child has food allergies or intolerances, the kitchen is unable to serve meals until an individual menu has been agreed with the area manager from Herts Catering Ltd. Please speak to the School Office to set this up.

Paying for school meals

The current cost of a pupil school meal is £2.30. Invoices are issued half-termly in advance and our preferred means of payment is via the School Gateway - click on the link to the right of this page to go directly to the Gateway login page.

Free School Meals

Free School Meals are available for children of families on low incomes.  Please click on the link to the right of this page to find out more.

Schools’ Fruit and Veg Scheme (SFVS)

Under the SFVS, all children are given a piece of fruit at morning break – the type of fruit varies each day according to the season.


Milk is a vital contributory factor to the growth of good strong bones and teeth and therefore it is important to a growing child.  A 189ml carton of milk provides half the daily requirement of calcium of a 6 year old child. (The Dairy Council).

All children at St Bernadette can order milk for morning break.  Nursery children and children in Reception who will be four throughout the school term do not pay for school milk; children registered for free school meals are also exempt from payment.  Otherwise, there is a termly charge for children who have already had their fifth birthday or pro-rated for children whose birthday falls in the term. 

Each term, a letter will be sent from the school office asking if your child would like milk.  Milk is good for your child and is subsidised in school by the EU.  The cost for the summer term 2017 is £13.86; payment is to Hertfordshire County Council.