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School Meals

All school meals can be ordered via your child’s SCOPAY account.

Hot School Dinners

All infant children, Reception to Year 2, are entitled to receive a Universal Infant Free School Meal (UIFSM); this was a government decision after a recommendation from the School Food Plan.  At St Swithun’s Catholic Primary School, like most Portsmouth schools, we use Caterlink to provide our school meal service.  A typical example of our three-week cycle is shown below.

All our meals, including a vegetarian option, are cooked on site. Children are offered a choice of main courses and desserts. Salads and fruit are always available and all cooked meals are eaten in the school hall under the supervision of our dedicated lunchtime staff.

If your child has special dietary needs, please discuss this with the school office before placing any orders for school dinners.

Packed Lunches

Children are welcome to bring a packed lunch to school but please remember that we are a nut-free school. It is imperative that you check the contents of any food/snacks brought into school to make sure that no nut products come on to the school site.

Packed lunches are usually eaten outside (weather permitting), but during wet breaks may be eaten either in the classroom or the hall as appropriate at the time.

Autumn Term 2023

Please see below a link to the current hot dinner menu.  Children can, if necessary, order a hot dinner with their class teacher but it is much more efficient for parents to pre-order dinners using their Scopay account.

Each day there are three options; a meat option (Red), a vegetarian option (Green) and a jacket potato option (Yellow).

Hot dinners are usually served in the school hall but should there be any Covid restrictions in place, some classes will have their hot dinners delivered to the classroom.

Should you need to contact the catering company regarding any aspect of school meal provision, please contact:

Dawn Spreadbury [email protected], Caterlink’s Operations Manager for Portsmouth.


If your child prefers to eat a packed lunch that is absolutely fine. Packed lunches need to be provided in a named lunch box. Drinks should be in an unbreakable container or carton.  Fizzy drinks or sweets are not acceptable.  No nut products or peanut butter please, as we have children in our school with severe food allergies.

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