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Lunch Menus

We are fortunate to have fresh meals cooked on the premises each day provided by Herts Catering Ltd.  There is a choice of two hot meals or a cold lunch along with a salad bar.  We also offer a Halal option on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. School meals run on a 3 week menu cycle. The emphasis is on healthy eating. Our cook is able to cater for special dietary needs if she is advised in advance. Lunch times are well supervised by our MSA team. Children may bring a packed lunch from home. (Cans, glass bottles, fizzy drinks and sweets are not allowed) , please encourage your child to include healthy food in their lunch box.


School Meal Payment  


Galley Hill Primary School can only order meals when they have been paid for in advance.

Dinner money should be paid on a Monday or the first day of a new term. The cost is rising to £3.20 per day/£16.00 per week for Key Stage 2 (Year 3-6). All children in Reception and Years 1 & 2 are entitled to universal free school meals under current Government funding.

Payments can be made online at or on the Arbor app.
Any cash should be in a sealed envelope with your child’s name, class and the amount clearly labelled on it.  This envelope should be handed directly to the office.  Please do not send in loose change with your child as this can become mislaid or lost. We cannot accept any responsibility if this results.


If, due to benefits you receive, you maybe entitled to Free School Meals; please contact 0300 123 4048 to find out if you are eligible, registering also gives you access to other benefits.


Herts Catering Ltd (HCL) is an independent Company, your payments for meals are passed by the School to HCL.


At Galley Hill Primary School we feel that a system that works best is a ‘zero tolerance’ approach to dinner money debts. We understand that it may seem a very hard stance but please understand that small amounts can add up, therefore our policy is to ensure all debts are cleared. Daily reminders also help to prevent any discrepancies there may be with outstanding amounts.
If debts are incurred, the school has to pay for the meals eaten.  This means that money which should be spent on the children’s education has to be used for debts incurred by parents.


Galley Hill Primary School can only order meals when they have been paid for in advance.

No credit or advance payment:

  • Lunch cannot be ordered/provided
  • You will need to provide a packed lunch from home
  • School office will contact you to arrange payment if debts occur


 The school is no longer able to carry any outstanding debts.



Ordering a dinner when a child is arriving late


If your child is arriving late, but needs a school dinner, please call the school office to advise us before 9.30 a.m., this will enable us to order their meal. We will be unable to order a school dinner after 9.30 a.m.
Please provide your child with a packed lunch if arriving before lunch time and no meal has been ordered.



Please click here to view Herts Catering website





Fruit / Healthy Snacks

The school is part of the ‘School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme’. This initiative ensures that all pupils in the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 receive a free portion of fruit or vegetable daily, e.g. banana, apple, pear, satsuma, carrot or cucumber.

Older children may bring in a healthy snack to eat at morning break. Following discussions with the Parent Forum, it was decided that this should be a whole or cut up piece of fruit or vegetable or some breadsticks. If your child has a diagnosed medical condition that effects their diet, please speak to your child's teacher about alternatives. 


School Milk

Milk is available to children in all classes. Autumn Term 2020 will be £21.30


Drinking Water

Drinking water is available in every classroom and the children are encouraged to bring in
their own water bottles to drink from during the day.

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