Free School Meals

We are encouraging eligible families in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 to apply for free school meals even though school dinners will be free for all children in these year groups under Government Funded Universal Free School Meals.

Pupil Premium can only be allocated to children who have applied and been accepted for free school meals.

Applications can be made at


Nutritional Resource

We have added the link to Nutritionist Resource (, who have sections on diets for children, lunch box ideas, fussy eaters and healthy eating for kids; which we hope could be useful to you.


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Food Hygiene Rating

On 17 November 2017, we were inspected by the Food Standards Agency; again Hammond Academy received the highest rating of 5*.

The food hygiene rating or inspection result given to a business reflects the standards of food hygiene found on the date of inspection or visit by the local authority.

We are proud of the quality and variety of food on offer to our children for their school meals.  The menu rolls over on a three weekly basis - please ensure you have spoken to your child about the options so they can give their choice to their teacher during morning registration

For the latest menu, please see the below documents. It is really important that menu's and payments are submitted to the school office and payment is made on School Gateway.

As a school we feel that a nutritious meal is really important for our pupils, to ensure they are able to focus throughout the day.  If you would like to receive more information, or would like to provide feedback on our school meals.

Please email dinners@hammondacademy for further information.


Free School Meals

From September 2009 to July 2011, three local authorities participated in a pilot to provide free school meals to maintained primary school children. Durham and Newham provided universal free school meals to all primary pupils, and Wolverhampton extended the current eligibility criteria to include all families in receipt of Working Tax Credit, for primary and secondary pupils. The pilots looked at the health benefits of free school meals and investigated whether free school meals:

  • reduced obesity/had an impact on a child's BMI
  • changed eating habits at home
  • impacted on behaviour and academic performance at school
  • improved school standards
  • improved general health and wellbeing.

Applications can be made online at


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Kitchen Upgrade 2014

Following government grants to upgrade schools' kitchens across the country, Hammond Academy had a successful bid to upgrade our kitchen. This took place throughout the summer holidays enabling us to accomodate the increased school lunches due to expansion and universal free school meals.

Pictures of before and after the upgrade are available to view below.

Kitchen Grand Opening

On Thursday 2 October we had our grand opening of our refurbished kitchen. The whole school participated in the opening with balloons and party food - a huge success.

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