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Here you will find information about:

The school environment

School Uniform

School Meals, Free School Meals and packed lunches


Term Dates 2020 / 2021


School Environment


The school was built on its attractive site in 1938 and has 4 main classrooms. Each of the classrooms is well resourced with supplementary shared resources around the school. We have a library area with a good range of non-fiction and fiction books.


There is a large field for sporting activities and a hall which is used for dining, assemblies, music, drama and some PE sessions.


Lydden School offers an attractive and stimulating rural environment including a woodland garden with an outside classroom, a forest school area, pond area and a well-resourced outdoor Early Years area and adventure play areas.

School Uniform


It is our policy that all children should wear clothing that is in keeping with a purposeful learning ethos. We believe that certain activities are facilitated by appropriate clothing whether in school, or when participating in a school-organised event. We provide a complete list of the items needed for our school uniform in this policy which forms part of our school prospectus.


Our policy for school uniform is based on the belief that a school uniform:


  • promotes a sense of pride in the school
  • engenders a feeling of community and belonging
  • is practical and smart
  • identifies the children with the school
  • makes children feel equal to their peers in terms of appearance
  • is regarded as suitable, and good value for money, by most parents
  • is designed with health and safety in mind.


If you wish to purchase uniform with the school logo please visit   and search for Lydden Primary School on the home page.  The website lists the uniform items and you will find sizing guidance and information on delivery and returns.


An alternative option, and one that we encourage, is to purchase competitively priced uniform items which are available from local retailers, in school colours.


If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to speak to a members of the office staff.

School Meals


Our tasty meals are prepared offsite and delivered each day by CH&CO, formerly known as Principals. Lunches are served in the hall. 


CH&CO operate an online ordering system which enable parents and carers to choose the dates they would like their child to have a school dinner, and also the meal required from a selection on menus. 


CH&CO website



Universal Free School Meals (UFSM) 

All children in Foundation Stage, Year 1 and Year 2, nationally are entitled to a free school meal each day. This is known as the Universal Free School Meal offer.


Free School Meals (FMS)

In addition to Universal Free School Meals, there is a separate scheme named Free School Meals (FSM) which is means tested and available to eligible children from Reception through to Year 6.  The scheme not only entitles your child to a free school dinner, but it allocates Pupil Premium funding to the school to provide additional opportunities for your child.

Free School Meals - Do you qualify?

You must receive one of these benefits to qualify:

  • Universal Credit - if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)
  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guarantee element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you're not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit

Registering your child only takes a few moments and does not affect any other benefits.  All information is treated confidentially.

Free School Meals - apply here:  Register for Free School Meals


Paid Meals

Unless your child is in receipt of Universal Free School Meals (UFSM), or Free School Meals (FSM), the current price for a school dinner is £2.25 and payment is required when placing the order.  You can also easily top up your balance online.


Packed Lunches

If you prefer, you can provide a packed lunch for your child. Food must be brought to school in a suitable container marked with your child’s name. No glass containers, cans or fizzy drinks should be brought to school; drinks should be in non-breakable plastic containers.

We promote a healthy lifestyle and ask that you provide a healthy balanced packed lunch, avoiding sweet items, such as chocolate. Please include a main savoury item, such as a sandwich, quiche or pasty, as well as fruit and a drink each day. Food that is not eaten during the mealtime and any wrappers will be packed back in the lunchbox and brought home. This gives you an indication of how well your child is eating and allows you to judge how much food you need to pack for your child.

September 2021 menu



The national Standards and testing Agency set the tests to assess children in education from early years to the end of key stage 2.

Here you will find information for parents about the changes to end of key stage assessments in 2016. These assessments are undertaken in Year 2 and Year 6.