Thorney Close Primary School

"Where Learning Blossoms..."


School meals currently costs £2.20 per day (£11.00 per week a week). 

School dinners have changed considerably over the last few years. Your child will receive a wide range of freshly cooked hot meal options, dessert and a drink. Other options available include a salad bar, fresh sandwiches and jacket potatoes. The menus have been specially designed and tested to ensure your child receives a healthy, balanced diet full of nutrients and vitamins as well as carefully controlling the amount of fat, sugar and salt.

School Meals Food Information Leaflet

Children with dietary requirements – parents should make an appointment with Mrs Jenner to discuss the child’s diet.  A hospital letter from the dietician or consultant will be required and we will work closely with the School Cook to devise a suitable dietary menu for your child.

School meals are currently priced at £2.20 per day, £11.00 per week to be paid on a Monday morning either weekly, monthly or termly.  Payment method due to Covid-19 is online by using the e-payment system (link below) on the Sunderland City Council website (if you require any information on this please contact the school office).  Please note, you may also use this payment method for school trips.

Please click the link below to pay school meals online. Meals must be paid for in advance. School financial procedures do not allow for dinner money arrears.

Pay school meals online

Universal Free School Meals

In September 2014, the Government introduced free school meals to all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 in state-funded schools in England.   We are supporting this government funded initiative to give all children in Foundation Stage and Keys Stage 1 access to a hot and nutritious meal at lunch time, with the aim of:

  • Teaching healthier eating habits
  • Boosting children's performance in school
  • Saving families money

In supporting this initiative packed lunches are not an option for any child in Reception, Year 1 or Year 2. All children in these classes must have a meal provided by school. School will provide all children in these classes with a healthy packed lunch when they are off the school site on an educational visit. 

Key Stage 2

For children in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 the cost of a school meal will be £2.20 per day (£11.00 per week) unless you are entitled to free school meals.   Governors have allowed children in Key Stage 2 to bring a healthy packed lunch to school. 

Food Hygiene Rating

The food hygiene rating or inspection result given to a business reflects the standards of food hygiene found on the date of inspection or visit by the local authority.  Thorney Close Primary School has a food hygiene rating of 5.

 Food Hygiene Rating

We are delighted to announce that school catering services has achieved the Bronze Food For Life Catering Mark for all the primary schools we provide the school meals service to.

The award provides formal recognition of the high quality of our school food, and means schools, parents and pupils can be sure our food is freshly prepared every day, and that we use seasonal vegetables, meats that meet UK animal welfare standards and eggs from free range hens. Our food contains no nasty food additives or trans fats, and meets government guidelines for food and nutrition.

For more information on the Food For Life Catering Mark please go to