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Packed Lunches 

If your child brings a packed lunch from home please make sure that the box or bag is clearly labelled on the outside with their name and class. 
Please do not include:
  • Sweets or chocolate bars
  • Fizzy drinks
  • Nuts or any foods containing them (check the ingredients on cereal bars, pesto, flapjacks etc)


It's a great help if little ones have things they can peel/open for themselves.

Drinking Water

Under normal circumstances we provide beakers and jugs of water on the lunch tables. As a Covid precaution we are currently asking that every child brings their own water bottle with them every day, clearly labelled with their name. They can fill from the classroom taps.

School Meals

Under normal circumstances, a hot school meal, a Salad Bar and a packed lunch option are provided by Chartwell every day.


Reception and Yrs 1 and 2

All Key Stage 1 children are entitled to free school meals under the government's Universal Free School Meals scheme.  (You can, of course, still provide a packed lunch for your child if you prefer.)


A dinner register is taken in class each morning when the children tell the teacher whether they would like a hot school meal, salad bar or a school packed lunch option or if they have brought in a packed lunch from home that day. (Please note that Salad Bar is not offered for children in Reception - there are too many choices for them to make a quick decision!)


It is fine to mix hot meals, salad bar and school or home packed lunches through the week and to vary from week to week.   


You can download the most recent Chartwell menu above so that you can see what is on offer week by week. 


Salad Bar

The Salad Bar options are not printed on the menu but typically include a choice of:

Freshly baked bread rolls
Cous cous
Jacket potato
Hard boiled eggs/egg mayo
Tuna mayonnaise
Grated cheese
Pepper strips
Carrot sticks
Iceberg lettuce
Red onion
Tomato quarters
Cucumber slices
Pineapple pieces
If your child has any specific dietary needs, please speak to our office team who will provide you with a form to send the information to our caterers.  Chartwell provide tailored meals for vegetarians, children with food allergies, intolerances or religious requirements.


Key Stage 2

For children in Yr 3 and above the price of a school meal is £2.25. 


Meals MUST be paid for on line, in advance. Please make sure your child's account is in credit before they order a meal.


You can pay on line by clicking on the School Gateway button on our website homepage, logging into School Gateway on your PC, tablet or phone or by clicking here.


Free School Meals

Children in Reception and Yrs 1 & 2 are entitled to a free school meal every day regardless of your household income.


However, the government gives the school an additional £1,300 funding for every child, in either key stage, who have parents in receipt of any of these benefits: 


  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support from NASS (National Asylum Support Service) under part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • the guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (with no Working Tax Credit) with an annual income of no more than £16,190
  • Working Tax Credit run-on
  • Universal Credit.


Pupil Premium is extra money paid direct to schools for each child who is eligible for free school meals.  It is used to support your child's education.


If you are eligible and register for Free School Meals the school benefits from £1,300 Pupil Premium funding to support your child's education.


Hillcrest also gives children on Pupil Premium one free after school enrichment club per term and 50% reduction on the cost of all school trips (this is reviewed each academic year).


It's easy to find out whether you qualify - click here to go straight to the website where you will get an immediate answer. If you would like help with your application please contact the school office. 


Please register for free schools meals if you are eligible, even if you choose not to order meals for your child, so that Hillcrest gets this money and your child benefits from the funding.