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How much do you pay for school dinners?

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TigerFeet · 29/11/2007 21:53

Went to see a primary school today and was shocked at the cost of the cooked dinners - £1.90 a day. Is that normal? I undertand that there is a lot more to it than the cost of the food but it does seem a lot.

Is that around about what everyone else pays?

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oliveoil · 29/11/2007 22:15

ours have a 4 week menu that is on a rota

great things on it

none that dd1 will eat I am sure

but she doesn't eat her packed lunch atm so I am on a dinner trial

TigerFeet · 29/11/2007 22:19

dd is at day nursery where the food is fab - a similar 4 week rotation idea to yours Olive. I ask her what she's eaten and she says "nothing". She doesn't look like a child that eats nothing though

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LyraSilvertongue · 29/11/2007 22:21

When I ask DS what he had for lunch he'll say 'the one with the red jelly' or 'the one with the ice cream'. I think he's forgetting the important bits.

nooka · 29/11/2007 22:30

Think it's £1.80. ds has school dinners intermitently if he thinks it's a way to get out of going shopping (not sure why he thinks it makes any difference as dd always has packed lunches so we go shopping anyway). They have a four week menu consisting of lots of "not quite as bad as it used to be" rubbish, but it would be much less bother (and cost) if both children ate them. However ds also complains that they are too small and that they run out of whatever he wants to eat by the time he gets to the front of the queue (and he is not fussy), so I think they probably aren't worth the cut down in hassle.

EmsMum · 29/11/2007 22:33

Its incorporated in the fees but in nursery (where, because children might be part-time and therefore might or might not have dinner) it was one pound (5 years ago now I suppose).

pigsinmud · 30/11/2007 13:50

At ds2's school they are £1.70 - cooked on premises and sometimes organic. Not sure at ds1's school. Neither of them actually have school lunches! They have a 3 week rota.

mellowma · 30/11/2007 13:51

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TellusMater · 30/11/2007 13:53


They're good. DS likes them. No packed lunch .

But I shall gulp whan I write the cheque the term dd starts as well...

Hennipenniinapeartree · 30/11/2007 17:55

£1.85 for meal, pudding and water to drink, if they want fruit juice to drink it's an extra 20p.

bonkerz · 30/11/2007 18:01

£1.75 here. tend to be good foods. DS says even the chips are healthy chips!!!!!!!!

cazboldy · 30/11/2007 18:04

£1.80 a day
not bad meals, plus they can choose a jacket potato with a variety of fillings if they don't like what is on offer.

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hoxtonchick · 30/11/2007 18:15

ours were £60 this half term, i think it's about £1.50 a day. soooooooooo worth it for not making pack lunches...

Plinkyplonk · 30/11/2007 18:17

Ours are £1.30

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brimfull · 30/11/2007 18:39

£1.80 here

meals look lovely,wish ds would have them

nimnom · 30/11/2007 18:47

£1.65 - seems like a bargain compared to some others

Clary · 30/11/2007 23:27

£1.55 or maybe £1.65 can't recall. I think it's good value but then my DC eat loads.

DS1 told me tonight he had spag bol and "that thing with apple, walnuts and celery" - he means Waldorf salad, unbelievably (a) that it's served and b) my child eats celery!)

It's true tho, I had lunch there the other week and it was on offer.

sallystrawberry · 30/11/2007 23:29

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mammaofthree · 01/12/2007 14:09

Normally £1.60 per day, for a four-weekly rotating menu, but in the Scottish Borders, they're running a trial of free school meals for P1-3's, until March!

Aimsmum · 01/12/2007 14:52

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BreeVanDerCampLGJ · 01/12/2007 14:53

Think ours are about £1.50, but the best bit is we can pay on line.

ScoobyDoo · 01/12/2007 14:56

£1.70 per day.

collision · 01/12/2007 15:14

£1.75 a day

and I only let ds have them twice a week.

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