Copley Junior School

Lunchtimes at Copley

We are all thrilled to be back together in the dining room at lunchtimes! Everyone was so excited at the prospect of eating from their trays again and Miss BB wanted lunchtime to be the best that it could be - just like our learning time. When asked, pupils said that they would like to spend less time queueing, more opportunity to choose who they sit with and spend more time outside enjoying the fresh air and brilliant outdoor space that we have at Copley. So, to make lunchtimes even better and to improve the dining experience, we made some changes to our routines. 

At Copley, we value our community spirit and support each other in any way we can. For this reason, we now eat our lunch in the dining hall in our 'Houses'. This means we can spend time with our siblings and friends in other year groups, we can help younger pupils to develop their skills when using their knives and forks and we don't have to spend as much time queueing! Miss BB also sourced another dining table with the help of the CSA so we have even more space to sit and enjoy our lunch. Now, we enjoy eating in the dining hall even more than we did before and have more time to play outside! 

Another great thing about lunchtimes is that we now have lunchtime leaders! Pupils from Year 5 and Year 6 volunteer to help out in the hall, filling water jugs and helping to reward children who are spotted doing a great job at lunchtime. We have a 'token' reward system where pupils can earn points for their house by being great role models at lunchtime and these are shared on our 'Lunchtime Leader board'. Each week, the winning house gets a prize! We even have music and place settings in the hall on special occasions. 

Summer Term 2022 Menu

After the Easter holiday, we will move to our delicious Summer Menu. 

On Tuesday 19th April, the menu will be Margherita Pizza and Macaroni Cheese as it should have been on the Monday. On Wednesday, the menu will resume its usual pattern. 

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. 

As well as their main meal choice, pupils also have access to a daily selection of salad and vegetable options to accompany their meal. In addition, a range of desserts, including some well-loved traditional favourites, are served throughout the week including a daily fruit salad and yogurt option. These do not need to be selected before lunchtime as there is a wide range on offer every day. 

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.

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.

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)