School Lunches

Children in Reception, Year 1 and 2 

All Key Stage 1 (Reception, Year 1 and Year 2) pupils are entitled to receive a free school meal. This is part of the Universal Infant Free School Meals (UIFSM) initiative and regardless of what benefits are being claimed. 

However, some children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 may also have an entitlement to benefits-related Free School Meals. Children in this group are also eligible for Pupil Premium – additional funding paid to the school to support your child in their learning. It is important to apply for benefits-related Free School Meals if you think your child may be eligible. This is so that your child’s school can receive this funding.


Children in Year 3 and above 

Your child may be eligible for benefits-related free school meals if you, or the child themselves, meet the eligibility criteria

If eligible for Free School Meals, your child will also be eligible for pupil premium.  This is additional funding paid to the school to support your child in their learning.


Free school meals eligibility criteria if you receive benefits

A child is eligible for free school meals if their parent/carer (or the child themselves) receives any of the following benefits:

  • Universal Credit (provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400, as assessed by earnings from up to three of your most recent assessment periods).
  • Income Support (IS)
  • Job Seekers' Allowance (Income-Based) and equal based Job Seekers Allowance
  • Income Related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA-IR) and equal based Employment and Support Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit (CTC) with an annual income of less than £16,190
  • Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Guarantee Element of Pension Credit (GPC)
  • Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 (IAA) Supports

If you are claiming the benefits listed below you are not eligible for free school meals. This is regardless of what other benefits/credits are being claimed.

  • Working Tax Credit
  • Contribution-Based Job Seeker's Allowance and/or Contribution-Based Employment and Support Allowance
School Lunches are £2.41 and are to be booked and paid online via Eduspot (Teachers2Parents) by midnight for each week for the whole week ahead.

The Chartwells Special Diet Policy has just been updated. It is now called the 'Chartwells Medical Diet Policy'.

This new policy is in line with LACA National Allergen Management Policy guidance, an industry-wide code of conduct for the management of allergens in schools.

The new policy and guidelines can be found on Chartwells “loveschoolmeals” website. Specifically under nutrition

The above website is where parents can obtain the forms if they need to apply for a special menu (but please also inform us as a Health Care Plan will need to be completed).
All instructions are on the site.

Children who are currently on the special diet registered with the Chartwells office in Truro will be issued with a lanyard for easy identification purposes during lunchtimes.

Chartwells are checking their records and sending us individual lists of which children we are currently catering for. We will contact you individually if we need you to renew on the website.