Tel: 01606 853005

Dinner & Free School Meals

Academy Dinner

At The Russett School we believe that our pupils deserve a delicious and nutritious meal at dinnertime. We benefit from having a full kitchen onsite and with the support of Edsential we offer an appetising menu designed especially for our pupils. Menus follow a three week rolling program and offer a large choice of options.

We believe that dinnertime provides an invaluable opportunity for developing independence and communication skills for our pupils and we support them to learn about food and make healthy choices.

We use local suppliers wherever possible to reduce air miles and our recipes make use of fresh, seasonal fruit, vegetables and herbs. The meat and chicken we buy is ethically farmed and we choose fish from a sustainable source.

The cost of a dinner is £2.59 per day.

The Russett School Sample Menu


Free School Meals (FSM)

Families who receive certain benefits may be eligible for free school meals. Your child is eligible for free school meals if you’re in receipt of one of the following benefits:

  • Income Support (IS) or you are a pupil receiving the benefit in your own right
  • Income Based Jobseekers Allowance (IBJSA)
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999; or
  • Child Tax Credit (but not Working Tax Credit) and have an annual income (as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs) that does not exceed £16,190
  • The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit

By applying for free school meals it will ensure that your child receives a fresh and healthy dinner each day. It also means that the academy can claim Pupil Premium from the Government to further enhance their education.

To check whether you are eligible to claim Free School Meals for your child or make an application:

Cheshire West and Chester

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Or telephone: 0300 123 7021

Cheshire East

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Or telephone: 0300 123 5012

Universal infant free school meals (UIFSM)

Free school meals are also provided to all pupils in the following school years:

  • Reception
  • Year 1
  • Year 2

This is called universal infant free school meals (UIFSM). You don’t need to claim for UIFSM.

If your circumstances change at any point, or you require further support, please notify the academy office on 01606 853005.