Thames Ditton Infant School

Loving Learning and Growing Together

School Meals

School Lunches

All children at the infant school will receive a free school meal. This provision is known as ‘Universal Free School Meals’. If you wish your child to have a packed lunch instead of a school lunch please contact the School Office.


All pupils are monitored during lunchtime, and both school dinner and packed lunch pupils are encouraged to finish their lunches by our midday meal supervisors and TA’s.


Our school caterer is Twelve 15. Please find below their current three-week menu cycle. Please note that due to current supply issues the menus may vary from time to time.

Allergy and Special Dietary Requests

If your child has a special diet or food allergy, parents must notify the school office and complete the Special Diet Request form. Our caterer Twelve 15 will assess the request to establish if it is possible to cater for the pupils need within their Special Diet Menus. Further details are available on the Twelve 15 website.

Packed lunches

Please try to pack a healthy lunch for your child and make sure that food packets can be opened independently. Please note TDIS is a nut free school as we have several children at school who suffer from severe allergies to nuts.  Please ensure your child does not bring any kind of nuts but also peanut butter, chocolate pastes with nuts (such as Nutella), pesto, oat bars (containing traces of nuts) etc.

Please note that we do not permit sweets, chocolate or fizzy drinks in lunchboxes. 


All children are encouraged to bring a water bottle, clearly named, to school. Please make sure that the bottle is washed and replenished daily. During the day children can refill their bottles at the filtered water coolers fitted around the school.

New bottles are available for purchase through Scopay.


Our school runs a school milk scheme in conjunction with Cool Milk. Children can receive a carton of semi-skimmed milk every day.  Government subsidies mean school milk is free for all under-fives and children aged five or older pay a subsidised rate a term. Visit the Cool Milk website for current rates.

You must register for your child to receive milk even if it will be free.


How to register your child?

If your child is under five

Go to Register by a Tuesday for your child’s free milk to start the following week. 

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 for your child to continue to receive school milk simply make a payment.

If your child is over five

Go to Pay Cool Milk online. Register and pay by a Tuesday for your child’s milk to start the following week.

For further information visit Cool Milk or contact them on 0800 321 3248.

Is your child eligible for free school meals in addition to the UFSM Programme?

In addition to the Universal Free School Meals programme, in England, pupils are eligible to receive free school meals (FSM) if their parents are in receipt of one or more of the following benefits:

  • Universal Credit (provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400 as assessed by earnings from up to three of your most recent assessment periods)
  • Income Support
  • Income-based Job Seeker's Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guaranteed element of  State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit, provided they are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190, as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs.
  • Working Tax Credit run-on-paid for four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit.


Pupils who are eligible to receive free school meals outside the Universal Free School Meals Programme receive additional funding to be spent in school on their provision.


If you think you are eligible to receive free school meals even though your child is receiving Universal Free School Meals, please contact the school office so your eligibility can be checked. If eligible a claim can be made for additional funding to support your child.