Prae Wood Primary School

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´╗┐School Lunches

Our School Meal provider will change from January 2019.  For more details about Pabulum and their plans for Prae Wood please click here

The school kitchen currently offers three meal options every day as detailed on the menu link below. The children choose which meal they require at the serving hatch, but we cannot guarantee that all choices will be available every day as demand varies and on some occasions there may only be one choice for your child.  A rota system for dinners is in operation to ensure no class is always in last for dinner.  

The kitchen have a list of the numbers of vegetarian children and those with special dietary requirements so that at least one choice of meal will be available for them on any given day. A member of staff will assist any children with those requirements if they are in one of the Reception Classes.

The school does not provide Halal meat.

Children can choose to have a school meal everyday or one day per week which is on a Thursday.

School meals are currently charged at £2.35 per day  which is payable in advance, the half termly amount will be advised to you at the start of each half term. Please pay via School Gateway - Pay for Pupil School Meals.

If you wish to change your child's meal pattern please do this by emailing the school office on, please note that we require at least one weeks notice.

If your child has a medical need which requires a special diet to meet their needs, please contact the School Office in the first instance. You will then be given the relevant Pupil Medical Diet Request form from Edwards & Blake, please note that you will be required to provide a copy of medical evidence in the form of a Dietician or Paediatric consultant letter, detailing your child's food allergy/intolerance. 

Medical / Dietary

If your child has a diagnosed medical / dietary need which requires a special diet to meet their needs, please contact the School Office for the relevant forms and procedures from Edwards & Blake.

Universal Infant Free School Meals

From September 2014 all infant primary school children (Reception, Year 1 and Year 2)  will be able to have a cooked meal free of charge(UIFSM).  

Free School Meal - update and changes

  1. From April 2018, the criteria used to determine free school meals entitlement will be changing to reflect the introduction of universal credit and the phasing out of other benefits. 
  2. All pupils in receipt of free school meals from Sunday 1st April 2018 will, assuming they are still in education, be entitled to receive a free school meal until universal credit is fully rolled out in 2022, and then until the end of their phase of education. Those already in receipt of a free school meal will continue to receive a free school meal.  

For information about Free School Meals either click here, or visit


The menus for school lunches are on a rotation and change every term to provide variety and interest for the children.

The meal choices  may change  periodically and you will be notified of this.


Click  here for our Summer B and Autumn A 2018 menu

Click here for our Autumn B 2018 menu


Packed lunches

As an alternative to school meals you can provide a healthy packed lunch. We ask the children to take the remains of their lunch home so that you can monitor what they have eaten (with the obvious exception of messy yoghurt pots).

We ask you not to send nuts or peanut butter or nutella in sandwiches for your child’s lunch as we have pupils with severe allergic reactions to nuts.


School milk is free for all under-fives and those entitled to Free School Meals (not Infant Universal FSM). It is subsidised for pupils aged five or older at around £15.00 a term.

We register all of our Nursery children automatically.  If your child is five or older please apply online at or contact Cool Milk directly on 0844 854 2913.

Fresh produce, quality meals

Our school caterers, Edwards & Blake, ensure that 70% of the food spend lies with suppliers based within 40 miles of the school, which ensures that our chefs and cooks have access to the best products to deliver great fresh foods. 

Our food is produced fresh in the school each day and our catering team work within strict production guidelines which prohibit packet mixes, keep frozen foods to a minimum of sweet corn, peas and chipped potatoes.

Food provenance

Edwards & Blake have provided information about their suppliers because they believe in supporting local suppliers and produce. 

Typically, their suppliers are local smaller companies rather than regional depots of national organisations. 

Key partners have to meet our needs for: 

  • Guaranteed continuity of supply
  • Agreed quality standards
  • Consistency of pricing to minimise market fluctuations
  • Due diligence and traceability standards

For more information about the Suppliers for Prae Wood please click here.

Introducing our new Tuesday sandwich lunch option:

Taster Session 17th July

Our school cook ran a taster session after school on Monday 17th July where  parents were able to chat to the team about menus and school lunches, and sample a few taster options.




King Harry Lane, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL3 4HZ

01727 751930