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School Lunches & how to order school milk



Throughout the year we celebrate special days and events with exciting theme day menus and treats. (Parents are always informed in advance about any changes to the school menu on these days.)


Our school council works alongside our kitchen lead to ensure our school lunch menu is not only healthy and nutritious but that we are all enjoying our school dinners. 


The OBS Wristband System


At Old Basford School we operate a wristband system for school lunches. This means that the main meals on our school menu have all been colour co-ordinated.

Green is a meat based meal Purple is a pasta, jacket potato meal or Baguette/Sandwich  Yellow is a vegetarian meal 


  • We ask that all parents and carers discuss the daily menu with their child and agree which "colour" main meal they should request at morning registration.
  • During the lunch period, your child will be given a Pink, Yellow or Green wristband according to their chosen main meal.
  • Wristbands will then be handed to the member of kitchen staff serving lunches in exchange for the appropriate main meal.  All puddings will be chosen by the child at the point of lunch time service.
  • It is hoped that this system will not only help us reduce our food wastage but also help us to cater for the different dietary needs of our children.


    Cost of School Meals for children in Years 3 to 6


    From September 1st 2023 the cost of a school dinner will be £2.55 per day (£12.75 per week). We ask that all meals are paid for in advance on the Online Payment system to ensure your lunch account always has a credit balance. Please do not order a school lunch unless there is money on your child's lunch account.

    Universal Free Meals for children from Foundation Stage to Year 2


    Please remember that all children in Foundation Stage and Years 1 and 2 are automatically entitled to a free lunch each day under the Universal Free School Meals scheme introduced by the Government.


    Packed Lunches


    Old Basford school has a no food-sharing policy, meaning that all children, not just those with allergies, only eat their own food.  In this way there can be no confusion or need for decisions to be made about whether a child with a food allergy can or cannot have some of their friend’s food.

    Parents/carers are encouraged to prepare healthy packed lunches.


    Further information is available here:




    If you are in receipt of certain means tested benefits, your child could receive free school meals, milk, a school cardigan or jumper and discounts on school visits. In addition to this, our school will receive £1300 for each child who registers for Pupil Premium. This money is spent on additional teaching and extra curricular activities.


    Your child may be able to get free school meals if you get any of the following:

    • Income Support
    • income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
    • income-related Employment and Support Allowance
    • support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
    • the guaranteed element of Pension Credit
    • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
    • Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
    • Universal Credit - if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)

    Please see the school office staff for a form or if you have any questions about if you qualify for Pupil Premium.



    PP Free School Meal Application Form

    Milk -  ordering guidelines for children in classes 3-6