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School Meals


Food served at St Mary and St Joseph's meets the school food standards, so that children have healthy, balanced diets.


The school food standards apply to all maintained schools, and academies that were founded before 2010 and after June 2014. They must provide:

  • high-quality meat, poultry or oily fish
  • fruit and vegetables
  • bread, other cereals and potatoes

There can’t be:

  • drinks with added sugar, crisps, chocolate or sweets in school meals and vending machines
  • more than 2 portions of deep-fried, battered or breaded food a week


Universal Free School Meals

From September 2014, the Government introduced Universal Free School Meals Following the Government announcement all pupils at SMSJ  in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are entitled to a free school meal every day. There are no forms to fill out. Your child is entitled to a free school meal throughout the year or they can change between packed lunches and school dinners whenever they choose.


Free School Meals Entitlement

Your child may be able to get free school meals if you get any of the following:

  • Income Support
  • income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • the guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit

Children who get any of the above benefits in their own right (ie they get benefits payments directly, instead of through a parent or guardian) can also get free school meals.

Children under the compulsory school age who are in full time education may also be able to get free school meals.


If you feel you are entitled to Free School Meals, come to the main school office for help and advice

Please see our Menu so you can discuss the options available with your child.

If you would like an additional copy of our school menu please speak to Mrs Bolton or Mrs Wolfenden in the school office who will be happy to provide this for you.


Health and Well being at S.M.S.J


Recipe 4 Health is Blackburn with Darwen Council’s Environmental Health team working in partnership with Public Health and the healthy living teamThey are working with food businesses to try and improve the amount of healthier choices on the menu.


We are proud to say that we have been awarded with a 'Recipe 4 Health' Gold Award. Well done to Mrs Dunkerley and the team in our school kitchen.

The award is to show that we are compliant with food safety, food standards, and have an awareness of healthy eating, environmental issues and allergen issues.


At St Mary and St Joseph's we are committed to teaching the principles of 'Change 4 life'.


                         Eat Well               MovMor          Live Longer


What is Change 4 Life?

These days, ’modern life’ can mean that we’re a lot less active. With so many opportunities to watch TV or play computer games, and with so much convenience and fast food available, we don’t move about as much, or eat as well as we used to.


Change 4 Life for your kids

Nine out of 10 of our kids today could grow up with dangerous amounts of fat in their bodies. This can cause life-threatening diseases like cancer, type 2 diabetes and heart disease.


Change 4 Life for you

By the time we reach middle age, the majority of us could do with losing at least a bit of weight. Being overweight isn’t just about the way we look. It can lead to more aches and pains, problems sleeping and people report a loss of energy and confidence. It also increases our chances of getting heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some cancers.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. Middle age comes to everyone – ‘middle aged spread’ doesn’t have to.

You’ve taken the first step towards getting yourself or your kids eating well, moving more and living longer just by being here - so welcome to Change 4 Life!