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Reception really enjoyed their first dinner in the dining hall!

Spring and Summer 2021 Menu

Spring has sprung!

We now have Year 2 Dining Hall Helpers too!

The midday supervisors have been working really hard to make the lunchtime experience for all children even better...

Quotes from the children who ate Christmas dinner...


Fisa "Today I liked the Christmas dinner, we also had crackers and chocolates with it!"


Sharon "I liked today's dinner because it represented the way that we celebrate Christmas in different parts of the world."


Meda "I liked my Christmas dinner and the crackers!"


Elle "I think the ladies have done a wonderful job, I come here every year for Christmas dinner and this is the best one!"


Qamar "The Christmas dinner is really good and I wish everyone a merry Christmas and a happy new year!"


Makafui "The food is good and I like how it's presented and the tables look incredible!  Thank you Eileen and everybody in the kitchen.  You food is the best in Dagenham!"


Anthony "Christmas dinner was better than Jamie Oliver's!  Thank you!"


Arnas "The staff made it a really fantastic Christmas dinner.  Thank you!"


Rain "This was the most delicious school dinner I have ever had!"


Precious "My dinner is delicious and it's the best in the whole world!"


Ishrat "This is our last Christmas dinner at Marsh Green and even though we'll be leaving we will always still remember it."


Paul M "When I saw the Christmas dinner I felt exquisite and I took a bite and I felt a tingle in my belly and my belly growled at me and told me to take another bite!  I want to thank Eileen and Debbie and all the cooking squad for making this a very special day for all the children."


Kehinde "The Christmas dinner was spectacular and I loved the turkey"

Do you want to save £10 a week?

Your child might be eligible for a free school meal! 

Taking up free school meals has benefits for everyone:

  • Children can benefit from a healthy free nutritious meal
  • Families entitled to free school meals could save more than £400 per child per year by claiming free school meals
  • It’s anonymous for young people - so nobody knows that it’s a free school meal
  • Schools can benefit directly by receiving money from the government. The government pays schools £430 for every child who registers for free school meals. Your school could benefit from hundreds of thousands of pounds

Who is entitled to free school meals?

If you are on a low income or receive Child Benefit and any of the following benefits, you could claim free school meals for your child:

  • Child Tax credit
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Income Support
  • Pension Credit (guaranteed credit)

You may qualify for Free School Meals for your child if:

  • You are an asylum seeker
  • Your combined income is £16,190 or less a year (this includes any benefits you are receiving)
  • You live outside Barking and Dagenham but meet the previous criteria and your child is attending a school in the borough
  • Your only or main income is one of the benefits listed over the page

Reception, Year 1 and Year 2

Children in these year groups all receive ‘Universal Free School Meals’ automatically.  However if you are entitled to free school meals due to one of the above criteria’s the school will not receive the extra funding unless you still complete this form.  Without your help we lose valuable money which could be spent on supporting your child in school.  Please help us to help your child – we urge you all to fill out the form.

How can I apply?

  • To apply for Free School Meals or the Pupil’s Premium please complete and submit the form online:

·         Alternatively you can ask at the school reception for an application form which you can fully complete and hand back to the school or hand in it at the ‘One Stop Shop’ within Dagenham Library.