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School Meals

Hot meals

Hot meals at our school are provided by Chartwells.  Parents can order meals for children in Reception to Year 6 via ParentPay -  Parents of all pupils, including those who are eligible for Free School Meals and Universal Infant Free School Meals (Years R,1,2) will need to book.

Chartwells provide a selection of meals including vegetarian options each day.  To minimise waste parents can select their child's meal via ParentPay to ensure they are served their choice.  If parents have further queries concerning menu choice please contact the Chartwells office by email -

Allergy/intolerance, Faith Meals, Vegetarian, Vegan or Pescatarian Diets

Please read the West Sussex Special Diet information at the bottom of this page, which provides you with information and guidance on special diets and other diets and includes an application form for you to notify Chartwells.  Children with a special diet, or lifestyle choice diet will be given a lanyard to wear during lunch service.  This is to help Chartwells staff ensure they are provided with the correct meal.

All special diet enquiries should be sent to

How to Order

All parents can register their children and book hot meals via ParentPay -   You will find full instructions on how to register and order meals on the website or via the leaflets below.  However, if you have any queries or concerns please contact Liz Matthews in the School Office.  Meals must be ordered at any time up to 10 days in advance of the day you want your child to have the meal and can be ordered up to 10 weeks in advance.  Please see the cut-off dates calendar below.

Children who are new to the school will receive a letter with their child's log in details for ParentPay.  Parents will need to log on and register to ensure their child is served a hot meal each day.  

How to Pay

Hot meals cost £2.97 (from September 2023) for children in key stage 2 (Years 3,4,5,6) and must be paid for when the booking is made via credit or debit card.

Free School Meals

Universal Infant Free School Meals

From September 2014 all children in Years R, 1 and 2 are entitled to free school meals.  Good food has been shown to lead to healthier, happier and more fulfilled children and also to improved educational attainment. 

Free School Meals and the Pupil Premium

Even if your child is in Year 3 and above, they may still be eligible to receive free school meals which could save you more than £350 a year.  For every child registered our school will also receive £1,345 this year.  The Government is giving money to schools to help children from lower income families to do their very best - this funding is called 'Pupil Premium' and is allocated to schools for all children who successfully apply for free school meals.  

Do you Qualify?

You can register your child for Free School Meals if you are in receipt of 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 Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit, provided you are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by HMRV) that does not exceed £16,190
  • Working Tax Credit 'run-on' - the payment someone may receive for a further 4 weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit

If you have any questions please call in to the school office.   

You can apply online at -