School meals

Schools are provided with food throughout the school day, in both primary and secondary schools, including:

  • Lunch
  • Breakfast
  • Morning break
  • After school clubs

Primary school children are offered a choice of hot meals each day and also have available unlimited salad, fruit and bread. The meals also include a drink and a choice of dessert.

The service style can be either cafeteria or a more traditional family service dependent upon the school's requirements.

The menus provide a healthy balance of dishes as well as meeting national guidelines. 

Weekly menus are usually available to view on the relevant school website.

School meal charges

The current meal price for primary school children is £2.

School meals are usually paid for at the service counter but this varies in some schools. Please check the system operated at your school.

Some schools are now offering an online payment system using Parentpay.

Free school meals

Parents whose children are entitled to have a free school meal are urged to register with the benefits department. Your school cook will also be pleased to talk to anyone who wants to discuss menus or to have a sample of the meals. Your child may be eligible to receive free school meals if you are in receipt of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Income- based Job Seekers Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part V1 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Working Tax Credit run-on-paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit