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All children in Key Stage 1 will be entitled to Universal Free School Meals from September 2014.


KS2 Eligibility

Free school meals are available only to children whose parents/guardians are in receipt of one or more of the following benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Job Seekers’ Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The Guaranteed element of State Pension
  • Credit Child Tax Credit, provided you are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit, and have an annual gross income, of no more than £16,190

No other benefits qualify for free school meals


Applying for free school meals

There is a new online service, where you can check your own eligibility for free school meals. To complete a check you will need the following information:

  • Name, home address and email address
  • National Insurance Number or National Asylum Support Service reference number
  • Child’s name, date of birth and school

To apply online click here  or to download the form click here.


Who provides my child’s school lunch?

St. Katharine’s school lunches are provided by HC3S, a well-established company, who provide healthy, high quality meals. They use locally produced food whenever possible and offer a varied, nut-free menu with vegetarian options each day. HC3S can also cater for dairy free, egg free and wheat and gluten free diets.


What does my child get for lunch?

A school lunch consists of a meat or non-meat option, served with vegetables and salad, a carbohydrate (i.e. potatoes, pasta or rice) and a dessert of the day. An alternative to the day’s dessert will be available with a choice of fresh fruit, Yeo Valley yoghurt, rice pot or cheese and biscuits. There is also bread available for children and water for drinking.


Can I choose to pay for a lunch if my child is not eligible for free school meals?

For children in Key Stage 2 (years 3, 4, 5, 6) lunch can be purchased using the Wisepay system. Meals cost £2.20 per day and are purchased via Wisepay (read more here).


Can I view the menu choices?

There are three, weekly menus which can be viewed by clicking here. The menu is changed at Easter and October half term in order to offer seasonal meals.