School Meals

School Meals

The school has its own kitchen with a team of three staff led by a very experienced cook who is determined to encourage as many children as possible to enjoy a hot school dinner every day.  School meals follow strict nutritional guidelines and offer meat and vegetarian options every day.

Copies of the menu are sent out to parents at regular intervals.  The whole school has lunch together, like a large family, including those children who bring a packed lunch.  The older children serve the school lunches to the younger ones, encouraging them to try new things and ensure that they are happy in the dinner hall.  We have an experienced team of Midday Supervisors who look after the children in the lunch hall and then outside in the playground, making sure that lunchtime is a positive experience for everyone.


All children who are entitled to Free School Meals because of their family circumstances bring an additional £1300 into the school budget to support their learning experiences at school.  This money is known as Pupil Premium money and enables school to plan and support learning opportunities for these children.

Free School Meals

From 6 April 2011, children whose parents receive one of the following benefits will be entitled to receive free school meals:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income-related employment and support allowance (this benefit was introduced 27 October 2008)
  • support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Child Tax Credit (provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit) and have an annual income that does not exceed £16 190 (as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs). Note – from 1 May 2009 where a parent is entitled to Working Tax Credit during the four-week period immediately after their employment ceases, or after they start to work less than 16 hours per week, their children are entitled to free school lunches.
  • the Guarantee element of State Pension Credit

Please note: If you are in receipt of any Working Tax Credit you will not be eligible to apply for Free School Meals

For more information and to apply, please click here to visit Brighton and Hove City Council’s webpage

Universal Free School Meals for Infants

From September 2014, all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 will be eligible for the Universal Infant Free School Meal Scheme.  This means that Rachel’s lovely dinners will be free for all infant children! Forms have been given to all infants and will be provided to new Reception pupils when they start in September.  If you require a new form please ask at the school office.

Free School Milk

In conjunction with the Department of Education’s new School Food Plan, our school is providing a free 189ml portion of low-fat milk to children entitled to statutory free school meals from January 2015.  Please note: this does not apply to children in receipt of Universal Infant Free School Meals, only those who receive Income Assessed free school meals.  If your child receives free school meals and you would like them to receive free school milk, please let a member of the office team know.

All children under 5 years of age will still receive free milk.  If your child is older than 5 years and is not entitled to free school meals, you can still order milk for them by registering at and paying online