At Copley Junior School we use Doncaster School Meals Service. Our school meals are cooked on site by our school cook
Mrs Hemstock and her team. The school had a Food Standards Agency Inspection in November 2015, in November 2016 and November 2018 and we have received the top score of 5 'Very Good' on all three occasions. Congratulations to Mrs Hemstock and her lunchtime team!

Doncaster School Meals Service menus continue to comply with the standards of Silver accreditation by the Soil Association.  Part of the criteria is the spend on ethical and environmentally friendly food, taking into account locally sourced ingredients, including the use of Organic, Fairtrade and Freedom Foods.



If your child has any particular dietary needs, you are most welcome to contact school and to meet with our school cook to discuss your child’s menu. All our menus are nut free.

Alteration to School Meals Organisation owing to COVID-19 Prevention Restrictions

From September 2020, we will be working within the restrictions of year group 'bubbles' in line with our COVID-19 risk assessment. This means that when all pupils return from September 2020 we will be unable to offer our usual lunchtime school meal service. Our COVID-19 prevention measures would necessitate each separate year group 'bubble' having their lunch in the hall, waiting for all children in the year group to finish their lunch, then tables and seats being cleaned before the next year group could enter the hall for their lunch. It is not possible to organise these arrangements so that they fit within a one hour lunch period and we cannot have any lunchtime arrangements that result in less teaching time in the afternoon.

From September 2020 we will be offering the menu below, which provides a hot sandwich option each day. The menu below is displayed in each classroom. Every morning when teachers complete the electronic register, children’s menu choices are recorded and numbers submitted to the school kitchen. This means our school cook Mrs Hemstock is able to prepare the number of each meal option required and this ensures children all receive their lunch of choice. We will not be using the lunchtime wristbands at the current time.

Lunch will be served via individual paper bags. A tray with the hot sandwich options individually wrapped in paper bags will be delivered to classrooms in line with our new staggered year group lunchtimes. Arrangements will be kept under review and we plan to return to our usual school lunch organisation when protective 'bubble' DfE guidance is lifted. Children are also welcome to bring a packed lunch from home if they prefer. Please ensure that no food products are brought into school that contain nuts e.g. Nutella etc. as we have children with nut allergies in school and we are a 'nut free' school.

Example of our Usual Lunchtime Provision

Included below is the previous school meal menu so that parents/carers can see our usual lunchtime provision. Our school meal menu usually runs on a three week cycle and the three previous menus are posted below.

To read our Whole School Food Policy, please click here.



Lunchtime Wristbands

Following consultation with governors, pupils and members of the Parent Forum we introduced a lunchtime wristband system to ensure that all children are able to choose their main meal choice every day.

A simplified menu is displayed in the classrooms each week. Every morning when teachers complete the electronic register, children’s menu choices are recorded and numbers submitted to the school kitchen. This means our school cook Mrs Hemstock is able to prepare the number of each meal option required and this ensures children all receive their meal of choice.

Just before lunchtime each day teachers can refer to the electronic dinner register and children put on their coloured wristband as appropriate:

Red=main meal, meat choice

Green=vegetarian choice

Yellow=jacket potato with a choice of two fillings

Blue=variety of sandwiches

Children wear their wristbands as they go into lunch so kitchen staff know which option to serve to each child. Wristbands are collected after each child has eaten so that we are ready for the next day. Wristbands are sterilised each week.


Salad Bar

Our salad bar is available each day and children are encouraged to eat as much salad as they want.

Parent/Carer Invitations to join us for School Lunch

Every year we offer opportunities for parents/carers and relatives to join us for a school lunch. The children always enjoy their adults coming to join them for a meal and it enables parents to see the organisation, choice and quality of our school meals.

Please find below comments from parents/carers and relatives following visits to join us for school lunch.

Themed Events

For Red Nose Day, our Hodgkin Year 6 House Leaders met with our school cook Mrs Hemstock to design a suitably comic school lunch. Menu items included smily ice cream, frivolous fruit salad, a hilariously healthy salad bar, iced biscuits with red noses etc. Thank you to our kitchen team for cooking a special lunch and also joining in with the fun costume requirements for the day!

School Catering Oscar Awards - Congratulations to our Kitchen Team!

Doncaster School Meals Service organises an annual ‘Oscars’ event to recognise catering staff for their work. The event is fully sponsored by suppliers and takes place annually at the Doncaster Hub with awards presented by the Mayor. Our school cook Jane H and our kitchen team of Julie B, Julie C and Ken L (now retired) attended the event and enjoyed having a rest whilst a lovely meal was cooked for them by students studying for their catering qualifications.

We are delighted to share that our Copley kitchen team won a Catering Oscar for their cheerful and caring service, tasty meals and for supporting school events e.g. catering for our Summer and Christmas Fairs, themed Comic Relief lunch with the menu selected by Year 6 House Leaders etc.

A smart trophy is now in pride of place in our trophy cabinet and each of our kitchen team received a voucher funded by the suppliers also.

Well done and congratulations to our Copley kitchen team who are simply the best!

Our winning lunchtime team with their Catering Oscar, pictured with a representative from the suppliers Brakes (far left) and the Mayor of Doncaster (third from the right)