School Meals

Dinner Money Payments 2020-21

Please note we must insist that pupils taking a school meal pay half termly or termly in advance. The cost of a school dinner is £2.65.

Tetherdown School use a system called School Interviews to register school meal preferences, book parents' evening and extended day activities and more. Parent's will be notified in advance via email when they need to register or book an event.

Please read the important notes below.

1. School meal preference change requests are accepted online TWICE termly ONLY, at half term and the end of term. Meal preference changes will no longer be accepted outside of these times.

***If you don't wish to change your current meal preference then you don't need to do anything and your meal preference will remain the same. However, all pupils will be contacted in advance so you can advise us of your dinner/bento box choice (Meat or Veg) or whether you wish to change to packed lunch***

2. Note: children registered for a school dinner will be having their dinner as normal but delivered in a Bento box, to their 'bubble', in the classroom Mon-Fri (5 days) at a cost of £2.65 per box.

3. You will be notified via ParentMail when you can register your school meal preference change request. If you miss the change request window, the next opportunity to change your child's meal preference will either be at half term or the end of Term.

Transitioning from Year 2 into Year 3 and School Meals

If your child is in Year 2 and transitioning into Year 3, at the start of any new academic year you are no longer eligible for UIFSM.

Year 2 parents need to consider whether you wish your child to continue with school dinners in the Autumn Term (Sept) or move to packed lunch. The Universal Infant Free School Meal (UFSM) scheme has covered the costs of your dinners up until the end of the academic year (July), but when your child starts Year 3 in September school meals will be charged £2.65 per dinner/bento box. The school will assume new Year 3 pupils are taking a school dinner 5 days per week and you will be charged accordingly, unless you notify us by completing our online form which will be emailed to you.

Break Times & Healthy Treats:

Children may bring in a little treat to share with their friends in class, usually on the occasion of their birthday. Please try to ensure these are healthy treats, such as fruit or another tiny gift. Some children have very robust teeth, but others do not and this can make visits to the dentist very distressing after a lot of sugary treats.

The children are allowed to bring in a piece of fruit for play times. Sweets, chewing gum and crisps are not allowed. Please remember that no nuts are allowed. Children in Reception, Years 1 & 2 will be offered a piece of fruit, usually at morning break, as part of the National Fruit Scheme.

Pabulum are delighted to provide the catering services at Tetherdown Primary School. Pabulum’s Vision is to be at the forefront of improving the next generation’s health and well-being, by shaping the food culture in education that inspires a passion and love of fresh food – without compromise.

We feel strongly about educating the younger generation on healthy eating by providing fresh and wholesome food, as it's through a balanced diet and healthy food choices that children can maintain higher classroom concentration levels. 94% of our food is freshly prepared in Tetherdown Primary School’s kitchen and 75% of the food is British and locally sourced. 

At Tetherdown Primary School we have a dedicated Pabulum team led by Millie Stewart Chef Manager.

Available every day at lunchtime and made fresh in our kitchen we offer:

  •         A choice of meat/fish or vegetarian main meal
  •          Unlimited salad bar with eight delicious choices
  •          Jacket potato with a variety of fillings
  •          Two choices of unlimited freshly baked wholemeal bread
  •          Homemade dessert
  •          Fresh mixed fruit platter
  •          Homemade yoghurt or mousse

Our Pabulum dining experience gives every child time to enjoy our fresh food offer, whilst encouraging children to try delicious new dishes and rewarding them with a Healthy Bunch sticker or certificate.

Below is a link to our Pabulum website, where parents can view and download a copy of our new menu, which will include allergen information for each dish. We have removed all allergens from our Salad Bar replacing the Mayonnaise dressed items with lighter options dressed in a simple Vinaigrette, and swapping the white carb heavy options of Pasta Salad and Rice Salad for simple, colourful Salads packed with fibre and nutrients.

Click here for Pabulum's new seasonal menu and scroll to the bottom of this page and select Tetherdown Primary School from the drop down menu. From here you can download the latest menu for our school.

Pabulum goes beyond the fresh food dining experience; our initiatives engage and inspire to help develop a deeper appreciation of food through parents’ evenings, playground taster sessions, food assemblies and cookery demonstrations.

To find out more about Pabulum, our suppliers or our company initiatives please check out our website at for the latest blogs and news stories, or alternatively you can call us on 01252 819991.

We would love to hear your feedback, please contact

Free School Meals 

Free meals are available for families in receipt of certain benefits.

  • Income Support
  • Income Based Job Seekers Allowance
  • Income Related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA (IR)
  • Child Tax Credit (providing you are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income gross income of not more than 16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit - if you apply on or after 1 April 2019 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)
  • Guaranteed element of State Pension Credit.
  • If you are supported by NASS under Part V1 of the Immigration and Asylumn Act 1999. You must provide your NASS reference number.
If you feel you may qualify, or need more information from Haringey, please click here  or ask the office.
Some children will still choose to bring a packed lunch. We would ask that these do not contain sweets, chocolates or fizzy drinks. Children are not allowed to share food with a friend, as many children suffer from allergic reactions to a range of foods, so please reinforce this point at home.
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