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Hot School Lunches

Information regarding ordering your child meal choice

KS1 children (Reception, Year 1 & Year 2) are entitled to a free school meal under the Universal Infant Free School Meal Scheme (UIFSM). Hot school meals are also available to order online for KS2 children at a cost of £2.20 per meal.


What is the deadline for ordering the meals?

The deadline for ordering is midnight on Sunday, one full week (7 days) prior to the complete week before the meal is served. 


How do I order my childs choice of meal?

You can choose either a standard meal, vegetarian meal or alternative choice each day and do this by following the online ordering step by step guide.


Do Chartwells supply a packed lunch when my child is on a school trip?

If you have ordered a hot lunch for your child on a day they are going on a school trip, the school will contact Chartwells directly and convert the hot meal into a packed lunch. You do not have to accept that packed lunch and you are welcome to provide your own packed lunch for your child instead.


How far in advance can I order meals?

You can order meals week by week, monthly or for a whole term in one go. 


Universal infant free school meals

All children are entitled to a free school meal if they are in:

  • reception class
  • year 1
  • year 2


If you receive one of the qualifying benefits below, you should complete a free school meal application too. This has no effect on your entitlement, but it could provide extra funding for the school. This funding is called Pupil Premium and it helps:

  • support disadvantaged pupils of all abilities
  • to close the gap between these pupils and their peers

Depending on the school's policy, they can use the Pupil Premium to help with things like the cost of school uniform or school trips. Please check your school's website to find out more.


Free school meals

Your child qualifies for free school meals as long as you receive any of the following benefits:

  • Income Support
  • income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • the guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit. This is as long as you are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and your annual gross income isn't more than £16,190
  • Working Tax Credit 'run-on' payment (paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
  • Universal Credit

The school doesn't see any information about your income.

Children who get paid these benefits directly, instead of through a parent or guardian, can also get free school meals.


Apply for free school meals

This should only take a few minutes to complete.

You'll need your National Insurance number or National Asylum Seekers Service number which allow us to make automated checks to confirm your entitlement.

The school doesn't see any information about your income.

If you qualify for free school meals, we'll let you know straight away and send you a confirmation email shortly after.

To apply, complete a free school meals application.


The application is for the family so you should only need to do it once, regardless of how many children it's for. If one of your children has just started school and their siblings already get free school meals, you will need to reapply so that we can add them to the award.