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School meals

Our schools provide a cafeteria-style service offering a full range of freshly prepared dishes - including healthy snacks, traditional meals, deli and salad bars.

Cost of a school meal

  • Primary school £2.00 per day 
  • Secondary school £2.10 per day (hot meal and dessert)

Some children, including all children in reception, year 1 and year 2, are entitled to free school meals.

Paying for school meals

Please check with your child's school for details of how to pay.


Our healthy, nutritional menus are created using fresh, regional produce and where possible, quality assured meat and fish from sustainable sources.

Special dietary requirements

We can provide tailored school meals for children with special dietary requirements or medically related diets. Contact your child's school for further information.