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Being part of a community is integral to our values and ethos at Staynor Hall Community Primary Academy. This is a thread that flows throughout the whole of the school day and beyond.

We want to maximise the opportunities for this and lunchtime is no different. In our school we will be operating a system of ‘Family Dining’.

It is our intention that ALL children will enjoy a hot lunch. Even if you think your child is a ‘fussy eater’, you will be surprised how well they eat when all their friends are sat around them, eating the same meal.

We have a chef who specialises in providing healthy, nutritious and delicious food with plenty of variety. All food allergies and dietary requirements are catered for.

Family dining is an opportunity for us to enjoy lunch together. Teachers and children will have their lunch sit around tables of eight – all in mixed aged groups. It is a chance for siblings to sit together (if they wish!) and for the younger children to sit with older ones – providing good role models.

The food will be served to the table and the older children will serve it onto plates and we can eat our lunch together. It’s a chance to really get to know each other and also for us as a community to enjoy our lunch in a calm, pleasant and enjoyable way – rather than what can sometimes happen in other schools: children queuing, a noisy school hall and plastic trays – not particularly pleasant for anyone.

After lunch, the children will go out to play supervised by the teaching assistants who support them in their class – adults who will really get to know your children and help get the best out of them.

For payment details please see our ParentPay information sheet.

If you are entitled to free school meals, or think you may be entitled, please see the free school meals information sheet. Some parents do not take up their entitlement because they are worried their children may be stigmatised – please be reassured, this is a discreet issues that is sensitively handled by our staff and there are no instances where free schools meals children are treated differently.

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