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Hot School Meals and Packed Lunches

The deadline for ordering meals is 9.00pm on a Wednesday for children to receive meals for the following week.  Meals may be ordered up to a half-term in advance.

Pupils may bring a packed lunch or have a hot school meal. The children will be able to sit next to their friends regardless of which type of lunch they have.


Packed lunches

We encourage children to eat healthily and not to have chocolate coated biscuit bars or crisps regularly in their lunch box. For this reason, sweets and bars of chocolate are not considered appropriate lunch items. As we have a number of children with a severe nut allergy we are a ‘No Nuts’ school, and peanut butter, Nutella, and cereal bars containing nuts are not permitted. Please be aware that food must be sent in suitable containers and fizzy drinks or glass bottles should not be brought in.


Hot School Meals

The hot school meals menu meets all Government nutritional standards and from January 2023 is provided by Yes Chef, a successful hot meal provider, who work with a number of other local schools. Our meals are cooked offsite and brought in each day in heated trolleys and kept in a heated cupboard at school before being served. Food is prepared daily and has the same texture and taste as homemade cooking.



Under the Government's Universal Free School Meals initiative, all children in Key Stage 1 (Reception, Year 1 and Year 2) are entitled to free school meals. For those children in Key Stage 2 not entitled to income related free school meals, the cost of a meal is £2.50.


Income Related Eligibility for Free School Meals

If, using the guidance below, you think your child is entitled to receive income related Free School Meals, (whether in Key Stage 1 or Key Stage 2), please complete the form below and send it into the school office. This will be checked against the Government database and you will be informed of the result.


Under current regulations only children whose parents/guardians are in receipt of any of the following will be entitled to free school meals:


  • Income Support (IS)
  • Income-Based (not contribution based) Job Seekers Allowance (IBJSA)
  • The guaranteed element of the State Pension Credit
  • Employment and Support Allowance (Income Related).
  • Income-related employment and support allowance
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Universal Credit with an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400
  • Child Tax Credit (with no Working Tax Credit) with an annual income of no more than £16,190
  • Where they are entitled to Child Tax Credit and also Working Tax Credit during the four-week period immediately after their employment ceases, or after they start work less than 16 hours per week, their children are entitled to free school meals.