Thames Ditton Infant School

Loving Learning and Growing Together

School Meals

All children at the infant school will receive a free school meal. This provision is known as ‘Universal Free School Meals’.


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


During both morning and lunchtime play, toys, P.E. equipment and the trim trail are on offer to all pupils and are supervised by staff.


School Lunches - Allergy and Special Dietary Requests

If your child has a special diet or food allergy, parents must notify our school caterers Twelve15 directly now, rather than via the school office. Parents must complete the online form on Twelve15's website in order to do this - see the link at the bottom of this page. Please note that this is a new way of notifying the catering team for the Autumn Term 2021 and the catering team are only able to accommodate your child's dietary requirements if this form has been completed.



Please try to pack a healthy lunch for your child and make sure that food packets can be opened independently. Please could you note that we have several children at school who suffer from a severe allergy to nuts. Consequently, the school is a nut free zone. However, on occasions, we notice that some children are bringing in packed lunches that contain nuts, e.g. peanuts, peanut butter, Nutella, oat bars (containing traces of nuts) etc. We do not permit sweets, chocolate or fizzy drinks in lunchboxes. (Please see your induction pack, or Packed Lunch Policy for further guidance).



All children are encouraged to bring a water bottle to school on a daily basis. Please make sure they are washed and replenished daily. During the day, children are encouraged to refill them, as appropriate, at the filtered water coolers we have fitted around the school. New bottles are available for purchase in the school office.


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, children are eligible to receive free school meals (FSM) if their parents are in receipt of any of the following benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Job Seekers’ 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.


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.

Therefore, even though your child is receiving Universal Free School Meals, and your child is eligible to receive free school meals because you meet any of the criteria above it is important that you let us know as we can claim additional funding for your child.