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Update from Cotmanhay Kitchen


Dear Parents and carers,

Due to a major disruption of the power supply at Cotmanhay Junior School, our production kitchen site, we have unfortunately been required to make changes to our lunchtime meal provision.


As you are aware, last week we were able to provide a sandwich packed lunch for pupils which we understand is a less preferable option than a hot meal. We have been working with the school to rectify the electrical supply issue and unfortunately investigators have concluded that, due to the nature of the problem, the kitchen may be required to remain closed until the Easter break.


We are therefore now working to relocate the meal provision to an alternative site to ensure that we provide pupils with a hot meal. The meals served may differ from the menu advertised however, we believe that the provision of a hot meal is preferable to a packed lunch. Please be assured that we are working with the school to resolve the situation as a matter of urgency, and we thank you for your patience and understanding during this challenging time.


If you have any questions please contact Sara Jones Catering Service Manager 01629 536597 

Thank you

Derbyshire Catering Service

School Meals 


School Meals are cooked at Cotmanhay School Kitchens and served in our school dining hall.  Dinners cost £2.20 per day or £11.00 per week.  Children can opt to alternate between sandwich and school dinner options if they do no like what is on offer on the menu on a particular day.  Children simply notify their class teacher during the daily register. 


Parents can pay via School Money - please speak to our School Business Assistant, Mrs Green for a user ID and password.  

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Could your child be eligible for free school meals?
In these difficult financial times, we want to make sure you're getting all the help you're due.
A lot of people don't claim free school meals even though they're entitled. That's why Derbyshire 
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You will not be eligible if you are claiming Working Tax Credit.
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