School Meals and Healthy Eating

Cyril Jackson is a ‘Healthy School’ and balanced diets are encouraged as part of a healthy lifestyle. School dinners are prepared daily, are all Halal and a vegetarian option is available everyday. The menu is displayed on the notice board in both offices and can be downloaded below. If your child has any special dietary requirements, please let us know.

Lunchtime is a very important part of our school day. Our Midday Meals Supervisors play a vital role in ensuring that the highest standards of behaviour are maintained. We aim to make lunchtimes relaxed and enjoyable, at the same time as providing a well-ordered environment.

School Meals

The school policy is that children need to have the same choice of lunch each week. Therefore, children will either have school dinners or packed lunch for a whole week.

Reception to Year 6

From September 2014 all children in Tower Hamlets from Reception to Year 6 in a state-funded school will be offered a free healthy school lunch. All parents should have filled in the Free School Meals and Pupil Premium Registration Form which will ensure that we receive all the government funding that we are entitled to. Subsequently providing the best education for our children.

Nursery Children

Nursery children still pay for school dinners as this group is not included in the free school meals agenda. However, if you are in receipt of benefits your child may be eligible for free school meals. Please see a member of staff if you need further details.

School dinner fees will be added to your Parent Pay account each term, and must be paid for using Parent Pay. We do not accept cash, as we are a cashless school.

Fees will be added to your child's Parent Pay account on a weekly basis every Friday. You will only pay for the meals that your child eats.

Food Allergens

From 13 December 2014, our school catering team will be providing information about 14 allergenic ingredients used in the foods that are provided within the school.

Food Allergens Information

Asthma and Allergy Friendly Certificate


Cyril Jackson recognises the benefits of healthy snacks for physical well-being and as an aid to concentration in class. Honey wheat bagels and fruit are provided at break times for all year groups and every child is given a water bottle to use during lessons. The school does not allow the consumption of sweets, chocolate, chewing gum or carbonated/fizzy drinks. Milk is available for all Foundation One (Nursery) and Foundation Two (Reception) children, free of charge.

Breakfast Club

This is available for the children of working parents/carers or students at a small charge, more information is available on the Breakfast Club page.

School Meals and Healthy Eating

There are many reasons why children benefit from eating a school lunch. School meals are great value for money and a hot, healthy dinner is great for energy because your child will use up a great deal of energy during a full school day.

School Meals & Healthy Eating