School Meals

Hot School Meals


Hot School Meals – you can order a hot meal through Chartwells who provide a healthy lunch for children to have a hot meal instead of sandwiches at school. Please use the following link on how to order and also to see their menus If you feel or you are unsure if you are entitled to a free school meal for your child, please come into the school office for an application form, or download it from the school website on the link under ‘forms’.

Free School Meal Information

Did you know … just registering your child for Free School Meals means that the school gets extra money?
Register now to make sure we don’t miss out
The Government is giving money to schools to help children from lower income families do their very best. This funding is called a ‘Pupil Premium’.

For every child registered The Laurels First School gets £600 this year.

Please register as soon as possible to make sure your child and others in their class don’t miss out.

How does it work?

  1. First, check if you qualify – it is not just if you are unemployed, so please look at the list below.
  2. Registering is really quick and easy – if you think you qualify, contact The School Office who will give you the form to register or download one from the website.
  3. If you want your child to have a free, healthy meal at lunchtime that’s great – they will get the free meal (saving you more that £350 a year) and the school gets £600 extra.
  4. If you don’t want your child to have the school meal they can continue as normal – as long as you qualify and are registered, the school still gets £600 extra.

No one will know you have registered and it will not affect any other benefits you are claiming.

Please talk to us about registering your child today.

Free School Meals Entitlement

Do you qualify?

You can register your child for Free School Meals if you get any of these benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by HM Revenue & Customs) that does not exceed £16,190
  • Working Tax Credit ‘run-on’ – the payment someone may receive for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit

Pupils can also register for Free School Meals if they get any of these benefits themselves.

Come and talk to us in the office if you’re not sure.

Reminder for when your child reaches Year 3 and above

Please remember when your child reaches Year 3, 4, 5 or 6 , if you wish for your child to carry on having hot school meals you will need to order them directly from Chartwells on their website  or by calling them direct on  01243 836130 or 0845 603 7998. Meals need to be ordered 2 weeks in advance and are priced at £2.25 each (if your child is currently in receipt of free school meals through pupil premium these will still continue). If you do not wish to pay for a hot school meal please remember to send your child in with a packed lunch including a drink (no nut based products in lunch boxes – thank you).