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School Meals Menu




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

A hot school meal and a jacket potato option, with a choice of fillings, are freshly prepared in our school kitchen every day. 


A dinner register is taken in class each morning. The children tell the teacher whether they would like the hot school meal, a jacket potato or if they have a packed lunch from home. 


It is fine to mix school meals and 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. 


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 and vegans, children with food allergies, intolerances or religious requirements.


Reception and Yrs 1 and 2

All Key Stage 1 children are entitled to free lunches under the government's Universal Free School Meals scheme. You can provide a packed lunch for your child if you prefer.



Key Stage 2

For children in Yr 3 and above the price of a school meal is £2.30 


Pay on line on your PC or laptop by clicking on the Arbor button on our website homepage (or by clicking here), or via the Arbor app on your phone or tablet.


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


The minimum payment is £11.50 - the price of five meals.



Applying for Free School Meals

School meals for all children in Reception and Yrs 1 & 2 are free, regardless of your household income.


However, the government gives the school an additional £1,300 Pupil Premium funding for every child, in either key stage, who qualifies for Free School Meals because their parents/carers are 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 money is used to support your child's education.


Hillcrest also gives children on Pupil Premium 20% reduction on the cost of all school trips and visits as well as one free club per term (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 apply for Free Schools Meals if you think you may be 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.