School Meals & Milk

Children may either eat a delicious dinner provided by award winning JPL Catering Services which conforms to recommended nutritional standards, or they may bring a packed lunch.

Children will be offered water or fruit juice to drink. For special diets and vegetarian meals please make enquiries at the school.

Children in Snow Leopard Class and Northern Hemisphere are entitled to a free school meal every day.

Whether they have a school dinner or a packed lunch, we encourage children to eat all their food as we are working hard to prevent waste and teach children about the importance of sustainability (not to mention the importance of a healthy diet!).You can view Swillington Primary’s School Food policy on the Policies and Procedures page.

Dinner money

The cost of school meals is £2.40 per day for Polar Bear Class and Southern Hemisphere.

Dinner money should be paid in advance via Parent Pay. Some parents find it more convenient to pay for a half term or a term at a time. The school will provide you with a breakdown of the costs if you prefer to pay in this way.

As school dinners have to be ordered in advance, please give one week’s notice if you wish your child to change from school dinners to packed lunches, or vice versa.

Parents will be notified of any changes made to dinner arrangements.

We understand the current times are tricky for some families, please contact school if we can support with meal payments.

Free School Meals

If you are entitled to free school meals, one will be provided for your child. If you need advice about this please contact the Leeds Benefits Service. Tel. 0113 2477247 or you can find advice on the Leeds Gov website

Packed Lunches

Packed lunches may be brought to school in a plastic container clearly labelled with your child’s name and class. For your child’s safety please do not send food or drinks in cans or glass containers. Yoghurts may be included, and a cold drink, as long as it is in a carton or unbreakable container.

Fizzy drinks are not allowed. Please support us by sending fruit juice or encouraging your child to drink water, which will be provided.

Sweets are not allowed. If your child’s lunch includes sweets, the supervisory staff will take the sweets to the office where they can be collected at the end of the day and taken home. We discourage children from eating crisps as they are not healthy. If you wish to give your child a snack for playtime please provide fruit to put in their trays, not in their lunchboxes.

The school takes part in the National 5 a day initiative by providing a free piece of fruit every day to all children in Foundation Stage and KS1.

It is the school’s policy to encourage children to drink water throughout the day, in order to develop healthy bodies and healthy brains! Children should bring their own water bottle – the best type of bottles are those with ‘sports’ tops. This can be re-filled at school, but should be taken home to be washed every weekend.

You can view Swillington Primary’s Packed Lunch policy below.



All children are provided with a small carton of milk each day. A nominal charge of £30.00 per year is required to cover the cost – this is subsidised by the EEC. The payment should be made in September for the whole year.

Term dates 2023-24

Holiday Dates

Term Dates

Autumn Term 1

Monday 4 September to Friday 27 October

Autumn Term 2

Spring Term 1

Monday 19 February to Thursday 28th March

Monday 8 January to Friday 9 February

Monday 6 November to Friday 22 December

Monday 15 April to Friday 24 May

Spring Term 2

Christmas Holidays

Monday 25 December to Friday 5 January

Half Term

Monday 30 October to Friday 3 November

Half Term

Monday 12 February to Friday 16 February

Summer Term 1

Easter Holidays

Friday 29th March to Friday 12 April

Summer Term 2

Half Term

Monday 27 May to Friday 31 May

Summer Holidays

Monday 22 July to Friday 30 August

Monday 3 June to Friday 19 July

Our Aims & Values

Success and Respect for All.

We exist to provide a cradle-to-career education that allows our children to enjoy lives of choice and opportunity.

Our pupils uphold our values by:

Stay Safe

  • Follow school rules
  • Wash our hands regularly
  • Helping others in need
  • Crossing roads carefully
  • Reporting things online we do not like
  • Don't talk to strangers

Respect our environment

  • Keeping our classrooms/ work spaces tidy
  • We don't ignore it, e.g. untidy lockers
  • Using the correct bins for recycling
  • Looking after our school chickens
  • Helping our parents at home to keep the house tidy

Imagine the possibilities

  • Ask questions
  • Think about what job/career I want when I am older
  • Take part in a range of school clubs
  • If we work hard... anything is possible
  • Taking part in visits


  • Be kind to others
  • Positive language
  • Equality for all
  • Understand change may happen
  • Welcome new friends to our school
  • Positive mindset
  • Being kind to our siblings at home

Application timetable

The below timetable applies to applications made to Leeds City Council. If you apply to another local authority, they may have different dates

Admissions Timetable (2024 start)
Applications Open
1 November 2023
Deadline date for applications for Reception places in September 2024
15 January 2024
Late applications
12 February 2024
National Offers Day
16 April 2024
Deadline date for parents wishing to lodge an appeal (please return appeal forms to the academy)
14 May 2024
Date on which Year Reception appeal hearings will be held
June – July 2024
Appeal decision letters to be sent
Within 5 working days from date of hearing wherever possible

We would love to hear from you.

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