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School Lunches

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We try to encourage children to lead healthy lifestyles and to help them to understand the importance of a balanced diet and sufficient exercise.

School Meals

Hot school meals are served every day.

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Universal Infant Free School Meals

From September 2014 all children in Reception and KS1 will be entitled to a Free School Meal.

Free School Meals/Pupil Premium

We encourage all parents who are eligible for the following benefits to apply for Free School Meals even if they are in Reception or KS1. This is because the school receives extra income, currently £1300 per year, which we use to provide additional support for your child. Details of how to apply for free school meals in Dorset can be found by clicking here, or by ringing 01305 221 000

You can register for Free School Meals if you get any of these benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual taxable income that does not exceed £16,190
  • Income-Based Job Seekers' Allowance
  • Employment Support Allowance (Income Related)
  • Guaranteed Element of State Pension Credit
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • If a parent is entitled to Working Tax Credit during the four-week period immediately after their employment ceases, or after they start to work less than 16 hours per week, their children are also entitled to free school meals.

Please see the Pupil Premium Page for more information on the benefits of receiving Free School Meals.


Children are expected to bring a water bottle to use in school and encourage them to drink water regularly. Drinking water is known to promote healthy bodies and alert minds.


Children in Foundation and Key Stage One are provided with a piece of fruit each day, funded by the National Health Service. Older children are encouraged to bring a piece of fruit or vegetable (carrot, celery etc) to eat during morning play (NOT biscuits, crisps or chocolate) Please support us in these efforts to develop healthy eating habits

Packed Lunches

There is a wealth of evidence now about the effect of food on children's behaviour and concentration. We therefore ask you to please consider carefully what you provide for your child each day if they bring a packed lunch. Sweets are not allowed, but we also discourage chocolate bars and an over-reliance on processed snacks. Sandwiches and fresh fruit are ideal, providing the right kind of energy for your child to make the most of their afternoon in school.


Don't forget it is our sport relief mile at 3pm this Friday. Please come and run!

Author & Illustrator Louise Yates Visits Marshwood

21 Mar 2018

Celebrated author and illustrator Louise Yates ( kindly gave up her time to visit Marshwood school, where she shared with the children the story of how she became a publi...

Science Week Fun

21 Mar 2018

Children across the school engaged in a variety of Scientific activities, as Marshwood celebrated Science Week in style. In doing so, Coneys Class were joined by Mrs Ballam from The Woodroffe School....

Book Week At Marshwood

23 Feb 2018

The children enjoyed a fantastic 'Book-Week' as they immersed themselves in the fantastic world of reading. All week the children engaged in a variety of activities, and also enjoyed meeting local aut...

Football at Chardstock

21 Feb 2018

Congratulations to our KS2 footballers who enjoyed some healthy competition at Chardstock, where they faced the host team and neighbours Axminster Community Primary School. Great fun was hard by all,...

Awe and Wonder

10 Jan 2018

The children wished to share the beautiful scene which greeted them this morning. A blanket of mist was sat in the vale, as the winter sun was rising behind St Mary's Church. Absolutely stunning!

Community Speed Watch & Road Safety

10 Jan 2018

To kick off 2018 the children joined members of the local Community Speed Watch Campaign in monitoring the speed of traffic passing the school. All of the children were involved and they were disappoi...

Carols by Candleight in St Mary's Church

13 Dec 2017

A packed St Mary's Church were treated to delicious mince pies and mulled wine, before Marshwood Schools annual Carol Concert. As the children entered, the lights were dimmed and the church was illumi...

Nativity Play

13 Dec 2017

Children of Marshwood CE Primary academy enjoyed showcasing their singing, dancing and acting talents in front of a packed St Mary's Church this week. Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 put on a stunning Na...

Acorn Mat Year 3 & 4 Handball Tournament

29 Jun 2017

We hosted the Acorn MAT Year three and four Handball tournament this week, and it was great to be joined by teams from Mrs Ethestone’s, St. Adndrew’s, Chardstock and Membury. A great morning of health...

A Strange Tree Has Appeared

27 Jun 2017

Coneys Class had quite a shock this week when a strange metallic tree appeared in the classroom! The 'messy area' has been taken over and the tree is slowly being populated by beautiful silver butterf...

Lamberts Residential

21 Jun 2017

Everyone having an amazing time in Huish Woods. Archery and Zip wire (Even Mrs Morgan and Mr. Owen had a go!) ticked off, now time for some caving!

Lamberts Residential - Caving & Climbing!

21 Jun 2017

This afternoon the children enjoyed themselves borrowing underground in the artificial caves. It was a little wet in the tunnels, but that did not deter our intrepid explorers, in fact it had the oppo...