School Meals

Fresh lunches are cooked in our school kitchens every day.  All school meals meet current government guidelines and are well balanced, healthy and nutritious.  There is always a choice of meal and dessert. 

Our catering team cater for varied dietary requirements such as vegetarian, allergens, halal – just let the office team know your child’s needs and we can liaise with our catering team.

Packed Lunches

If your child brings packed lunches to school, we ask that parents send a healthy packed lunch such as a sandwich or wrap, fruit, vegetable sticks, yoghurt and a biscuit/small chocolate bar.  Children should bring juice or water to drink, we do not allow fizzy drinks in school.  

Water is available to all children at lunchtime and throughout the day.

Paying for School Meals

Payment for school meals are to be paid on parent pay please click here for ParentPay to access your account or to sign up. If you need any help please ask the office staff.

School meals cost £2.40 per day or £12.00 per week.

Free school meals (FSM) - Qualifying Children in Any Year Group

Children in families receiving certain benefits may be entitled to free school meals regardless of the year group they are in. 

Even if you do not intend to take advantage of the free meal, school receives additional support funding for any child that meets the criteria and it is strongly recommended that you sign up for this scheme. 

Is my child eligible for free school meals (FSM)?

 Your child might be eligible if you access:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance or 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
  • Universal Credit, provided you have an annual net earned income not exceeding £7,400 (£616.67 per month)

Please apply through the office. 


Our fabulous kitchen team secured the highest food hygiene rating during a recent inspection. All our school dinners are made fresh on site and they are delicious! Congratulations to our wonderful kitchen staff!

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Every term we have a themed day in the dinner hall which the children really enjoy! Here are some photos from our themed days. 


Italian Day 

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American Day

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Alvaston Junior Academy

Elvaston Lane, Alvaston, Derby DE24 0PU

Christine Bower: Principal

01332 571321