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School meals

We're very proud of our School Lunches, cooked on site from scratch using fresh and, where possible, locally produced ingredients. Our fantastic Catering Manager and her team work closely with the pupils and involve them in preparing menus which are delicious as well as nutritious and healthy. We are an inclusive school and are able to accommodate pupils with allergies or special dietary requirements. You can arrange a meeting with our Catering Manager to discuss your child's need via the school office.
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Free School Meals


*It is easier than ever to apply and check your eligibility;
*Research shows that a school dinner can improve concentration levels in children, helping them to get the best out of their education;
*Free school meals are absolutely no different to those that are paid for - there are plenty of interesting recipes on offer with lots of choice;
*Free school meals and the other education benefits on offer support eligible families with the cost of education.


For the majority of new applicants it is easiest and least expensive to apply using one of the following methods:
*Online at;
*Smartphone - just search the app store for "Looking local";
*DigiTV - the Community Channel accessed by pressing the red button;
WII / Xbox 360 / PS3 game consoles -
If parents cannot access the internet at home, through their local library, or any other public internet access point, then they can also apply over the phone to the CSC at 0300 123 4048.


Automated Free School Meal Renewals:
The County Council's Customer Service Centre (CSC) will begin checking the continued eligibility of applicants for free school meals and those receiving the full remission of music tuition fees.
They will:
*automatically renew the applications of those pupils still eligible;
*contact any applicants who no longer appear to be eligible;
*check the new schools for those eligible pupils transferring from first, primary and middle school to the next phase;
*check the eligibility of those receiving the full remission of music tuition fees.
If you have any queries please contact the CSC by email to or by calling 0300 123 4048.