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School Meals

Our school catering service is delivered by Dolce. All meals are 95% fresh, with food sourced locally with a high proportion of organic products. There is a simple payment processes and the ability for your children to order their meals electronically direct from the classroom.

Paying for School Meals 
Payment is easy and must be paid in advance as Dolce does not offer any credit facility. You can choose to pay online, by Direct Debit or by cash or cheque, as detailed below:


  • Pay Online It is very straight forward. You will receive an email to set up your account with a parent log in from the software provider SchoolGrid. You can also view your child’s choices and look up recipes to see what they contain. Please speak to the school office to activate your account access at any time. Once your account has credit, you will be able to order your child’s meals online or they will be able to place their order electronically in the classroom.
  • Pay by Cash or Cheque To pay by cash or cheque, please ensure that payment is placed in an envelope, clearly marked with your child’s full name, class and the amount enclosed, and hand it to the school office. Cheques should be made payable to Dolce and have your child’s name and class written on its reverse.
  • Further Information Don’t hesitate to get in touch by calling Dolce on 01942 707709 or emailing or for support with the ordering system

Eligible for Free School Meals? If you are in receipt of income support or the income based job seekers allowance, your child is entitled to receive a free school meal. The process is very straightforward. Please contact West Berkshire Council on (01635) 503622 who will take you through the procedure or apply online.

Please register as the school receives additional resources based on the number of children eligible for free meals. Note: You may also be entitled to pay reduced contributions for extracurricular activities such as school trips if you have registered.


Special Dietary Requirements 
Some children may have specific dietary needs (e.g. for medical or religious reasons). If this is the case, please contact the school office.


Packed Lunches 
We have a Healthy School Policy and as such ask that packed lunches reflect this ethos. Therefore, please do not include fizzy or soft sugary drinks (water, milk or pure juices preferred) or sweets/chocolate based snacks in your child’s lunch box and think again before including salty snacks. Please also do not include nuts (or Peanut Butter) in your child’s lunch box as some school children have nut allergies.


School Milk 
Pupils are entitled to free milk up to their fifth birthday. At Francis Baily, we’d like all our children in Foundation to be able to drink milk throughout their time in this year and therefore we have decided that this will be paid for by the school.