The Rookeries Carleton Junior, Infant & Nursery School

Rookeries Carleton Junior & Infant School

Life at The Rookeries Carleton Junior, Infant & Nursery School Life at The Rookeries Carleton Junior, Infant & Nursery School Life at The Rookeries Carleton Junior, Infant & Nursery School

School Lunches

Significant changes are happening to school food: cooking is back on the curriculum, every pupil in Reception, Year 1 and 2 is eligible for free school meals from September 2014 and from January 2015 new food standards were introduced. These are 3 of the 16 actions in the School Food Plan, which aims to transform what children eat in schools and how they learn about food (see

Meals are cooked on the premises, and provide the children with a varied and well-balanced diet.   A canteen method of service is in operation, and the children are able to choose for themselves from a menu which offers a choice of three main dishes with salad or vegetables, and two or sometimes three desserts. The weekly menu is sent to all parents in advance via the school newsletter every Friday. To view the current menu please click here.

Meals have to be paid for on a Monday morning for the whole week.  Alternatively, half termly payments can be made. The cost at present is £10.00 per week (£2.00 per day).   Please send cash or cheque payable to ‘The Rookeries Carleton J&I School’ in an envelope with your child’s name clearly marked. Alternatively, payments can be made by card online for your child's school lunches via Parentmail. If you have not signed up for our Parentmail service please contact the main reception.

Meals have to be booked by 9:30 am.   If your child is going to arrive after that time, for whatever reason, and will require a school meal, please let us know.

The school does ask for two weeks’ notice in writing if your child wishes to change from dinners to packed lunches or vice versa.

Families who may be eligible to apply for free school meals can complete an application, which can be obtained from the school office, from the Wakefield Home to School Transport Team, Tel: 01924 305061 Email:

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Packed lunches

The children are allowed to opt for a packed lunch. We offer the following as guidance on the types of items you might like to include in your children’s lunches.  For more information regarding healthy meals for children please visit :


  • A good portion of starchy food e.g. wholegrain bap, thick sliced wholemeal bread, chapatti, pita pocket, pasta or rice salad. Small amounts of low fat spread in sandwiches as opposed to butter.
  • Plenty of fruit and vegetables e.g. an apple, satsuma, handful of cherry tomatoes or carrot sticks, mini can of fruit chunks, packet of unsalted nuts or small box of raisins.
  • A portion of semi skimmed milk or dairy food e.g. individual cheese portion or pot of yoghurt.
  • A portion of lean meat, fish or alternative e.g. ham, chicken, beef, tuna, egg or hummus.
  • A biscuit, cake, bun or scone (but not chocolate covered).


We ask that chocolate bars/biscuits and savoury snacks such as crisps are avoided. Whilst most children will want to see chocolate or crisps in a lunch box, these are very high in fat and sugar content and, in the case of crisps, a relatively high salt content.


The children have access to water at all times both during lessons and in the dining hall.  Parents are asked to supply their child with an appropriate named water bottle. Children are not allowed to bring fizzy drinks, juices, flavoured water or other soft drinks to school in their water bottles.  Fizzy drinks are not allowed as part of packed lunches.


At present, all Foundation Stage and KS1 pupils are given a piece of fruit at morning break. 

Sweets are only allowed as special treats for the whole class on birthdays or from holidays. These must be given out at the end of school with a teacher’s consent.   Chewing gum or bubble gum is strictly forbidden.