Welcome to Barnby Dun

School Meals

At Barnby Dun Primary Academy we recognise the important connection between a healthy, balanced diet and a pupil's ability to learn effectively and achieve high standards in school. 

To develop and maintain a shared philosophy on all aspects of food and drink we have developed a ‘Food’ policy. Its key aim is to develop healthy eating and drinking activities within the school that benefit pupils, staff, parents, caterers and others associated with the school.

Barnby Dun Primary Academy Food Policy (clickable link to policy)


Our Catering Team

Miss Rushworth and her team prepare excellent meals on site each day. There is a choice of meal for all children and they are served their meal in a cafeteria type system. The meals are nutritious, balanced and  where possible all food provided by the school is procured locally. 

Doncaster Schools Catering service source food products locally in order to ensure that it is high quality, fresh food and to help reduce the carbon footprint. For example – Pork from Marr Grange Farm, Yorkshire beef, British chicken fillets, ‘high welfare’ eggs from Yorkshire, freshly baked and local bread, vegetables from Yorkshire and Lincolnshire and new sauces from King Asia of Doncaster.

A vegetarian menu is always available and special diets can be catered for.  Parents are welcome to discuss any special menus with our kitchen staff.  Please ask at the school office.


The menu is displayed in each classroom and is sent out at the start of each season. 

 Children enjoy their lunch in the school hall with their friends. The children go into dinner on a rota system which changes weekly. The Foundation Stage children go into dinner 10 minutes earlier than the rest of the school.

Miss Rushworth regularly plans ‘Special Event Lunches’ which enrich the curriculum or celebrate national or local events.  These events have an exciting twist to the menu and have proved to be extremely popular, with many children who have a packed lunch having a dinner on these events. Recent events have included, Bonfire Night, Food around the World, Christmas, World Book Day and ‘Healthy Living Week’.

When children go on school trips, a school packed lunch can be ordered at the same cost as a school dinner. Please pop into school for an order form or download one using the link below.

Printable packed lunches for trips form (pdf)


Dinner Money

All children in the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 (up to and including year 2) are entitled to a free school meal.

For children in Key Stage 2 (Years 3 – 6)  a school dinner will cost £2.00 a day, £10.00 per week (this cost is set by the LEA). Dinner money should be paid in full on a Monday morning; alternatively payment can be made for the half or full term, any unused amounts are carried forward. Cheques should be made payable to Barnby Dun Primary Academy.

It is very important that dinners are paid for in advance. Persistent non-payment could unfortunately result in the withdrawal of school meals for your child as per Local Authority guidelines.

Children should bring their money to school in an envelope clearly marked with their name, class and the amount/ number of days dinner is required. Money wallets are available from the school office at a cost of £1 for 20

If your child is late, a dinner should be ordered at the school office as soon as possible. If your child needs to attend a medical appointment during the morning session, but will be back in time for dinner, please inform the class teacher beforehand so a dinner will be ordered on the day of the appointment.


Cost of dinners for each half term 2017-18
Autumn term – 1st half     £78.00
Autumn term – 2nd half


Spring term – 1st half     £48.00
Spring term – 2nd half    £50.00
Summer term – 1st half    £68.00
Summer term – 2nd half


Please note amounts subject to change. If you are unsure of how much to pay, please ask Miss Austin in the school office and she will check your child's account for you.


Packed Lunches

Children may bring sandwiches to school instead of having a school dinner. Children have to leave their sandwiches in their classroom, or on their class trolley until they are required. Any packaging or uneaten food is returned in the packed lunch box so it can be disposed of at home.

To ensure that all packed lunches brought from home provide the pupil with healthy and nutritious food that is similar to food served in schools (which is now regulated by national standards) we have a packed lunch policy in place. In order to support parents with information on what can, and cannot be sent to school in a packed lunch, we have a packed lunch leaflet which is available from the school office, or you can download it using the link below.

Packed Lunch Guidelines Leaflet (clickable link)



Water / Milk                                 

All children in school are encouraged to have regular drinks of water. Please send your child with a clearly marked water bottle (with a sports top) so that they can have a drink when they need one.

Milk is available for all children in the Foundation Stage up to Year 3  who would like it. Milk is completely free for all children under five and is subsidised for children aged five or over at around £13.00 per term (this cost is set by the LEA).  DMBC operate an online system provided by ‘Cool Milk’ where you can register and pay for your child’s milk. Each pupil that registers with ‘Cool Milk’ will receive a carton of semi-skimmed milk every day.

My child is under five

  • All children under 5 are initially registered by the school and will receive their milk on the day they start school.
  • Free milk will continue until the Friday before your child’s fifth birthday. You will receive a payment request three weeks before this time – if you wish your child to continue to receive school milk simply make a payment.

My child is five or older

  • Complete a registration form (available from school) or register online as soon as possible. Shortly after registering you will receive a payment request.
  • You can pay ‘Cool Milk’ online, over the phone, at a local PayPoint or by cheque in half termly, termly or annual instalments.
  • Please pay by Tuesday 5pm for your child’s milk to start the following week.

If you have any questions regarding school milk please visit www.coolmilk.com or contact ‘Cool Milk’ directly on 0800 142 2972. More information on milk is also available from school.

Children entitled to free school meals are entitled to free milk. 



Breakfast Club - ‘The Early Birds’

Breakfast is an important meal that should provide 25% of a pupil’s energy requirements and contribute significantly to their vitamin and mineral intake.  

The school operates a breakfast club that provides a nutritious meal for pupils before the school day.  The breakfast menu includes toast, cereals, yogurt, fresh fruit, fruit juice and milk. Food provision at breakfast club complies with the Government’s standards for all school food other than lunches. 


‘Nutritious Nosh’

‘Nutritious Nosh’ is the school’s healthy snack shop. It runs every day at first playtime for both KS1 and KS2. It is run by both school staff and children and is non-profit making; prices are set so that it only covers its running costs. The aim is to provide a healthy mid-morning snack to boost energy and concentration levels. All snacks sold meet the government guidelines and are mostly from the green and amber guidance categories. A variety of snacks are on offer, which change to reflect children’s tastes and seasonal availability.

Typical Snack Options


Apple 20p

Banana 20p

Raisins 20p

Milk 20p

Yogurt Tube 20p

Healthy Biscuit 20p

 English Muffin 20p

To ensure all food sold in school complies with the new School Food Standards (2015), the recommended checklists have been completed for each outlet. Please refer to the School’s Food Policy for further information.