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School Meals

A new and exciting school menu will be in place from the start of this half term.  Caterlink continue to provide a wonderful choice of all our children’s favourite food having taken on board some recent feedback.


This menu has been put together by a team of nutritionists to meet government food standards and grab the attention of our young pupils.


School dinner time is a great opportunity for pupils to sit along side friends and enjoy a hot meal for just £2.44 per day.


Our keen lunchtime staff will offer tasters to children interested in trying new dishes from the menu but we will continue with the children’s favourites from the salad bar, freshly baked bread on the school premises, fresh fruit and jackets potatoes, all available daily.


We are happy to accept any meal pattern for your child from 1 day to 5 days per week. This has proved very helpful with busy parents!  With the introduction of Parent Pay this year, there is a lot more flexibility from day to day, and children are able to decide on the morning whether they would like a school meal or a packed lunch, then make their selection during registration.


New easy to read menus have been sent home with your child and we suggest the daily options are discussed each evening so your child will know what will be on the menu the next day.


We have extra copies of the new menu, just ask at the office or click on the link below.

Free School Meals


Is my child eligible for free school meals?

Free school meals are a statutory benefit. The Government does not allow us to recognise any other benefit other than those mentioned below. If you are not sure, please get in touch with the Admissions and Benefits team on 02476 832499 or email

Free school meals are available to children of families who are in receipt of:

  • Income Support
  • Income Based Jobseekers Allowance
  • An income-related employment and support allowance
  • Support under part V1 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by HM Revenue & Customs) that does not exceed £16,190


Parents receiving Working Tax Credit for four weeks after their employment finishes are entitled to free school meals during that period. This also applies to parents who start working less that 16 hours per week (please seek advice about this from the Benefits Agency)

Children who receive Income Support or Income Based Job Seekers Allowance in their own right are also entitled to receive Free School Meals.


In cases where children receive education who have not attained compulsory school age, there will be a conditional requirement that they receive education both before and after the lunch period, before being eligible to receive Free School Meals.


Please note:

Working Tax Credit is NOT a criteria.


How do I apply for free school meals for my child?

To apply, you need to download and complete an application form (link below)

Paper copies are available from the local authority Admissions & Benefits Team or from the school office. Applications are dealt with confidentially.


For more information please go to:


Packed lunches

Alternatively, children may bring a packed lunch. This should be in a secure named container. A drink should be provided in a non breakable container. No sweets or fizzy drinks are allowed – instead, we encourage lots of fruit, vegetables and water.