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School Meals

The menu is supplied by Nourish, a company employed by Lewisham to oversee children's meals.

At Athelney all of our school dinners are cooked freshly, on site each day.

Our kitchen is run by Rose, who works tirelessly to ensure that the food her staff produce is of the highest quality.

It must be great because a large number of school staff pay to eat the dinners!

Each day children from Reception to Year 2 enjoy a hot meal, free of charge.


Children in Years 3-6 can pay £2.30 a day to enjoy the school meals, or they need to bring a healthy packed lunch. (See below)

If you pay for your child's meals, please make sure that payments are made to the school office in advance. Please do not build up a dinner money debt!


We ask that children in Years 3-6 make a selections of either school dinner, Jacket potato or packed lunches, and they stick to that option for half a term. This way we can ensure that we order the correct amount of food for the hot meal and minimise waste.


Free School Meals


From Year 3, parents will need to pay for their child's school dinner or apply to Lewisham for a free meal if they are entitled to it.


Your child can get free school meals if your combined annual household income is below £16,190 (as assessed by HMRC) and you get one of the following benefits:

  • income-based: income support or jobseeker’s allowance (not eligible if on contribution based jobseeker’s allowance)
  • income-related: employment support allowance (not eligible if on contribution based employment support allowance)
  • universal credit
  • income support
  • the guaranteed element of state pension credit
  • support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • child tax credit only.

If you're not on benefits

If your income is below £16,190 and you are not on any benefits your family will not be eligible.


If one parent earns above £16,190

If one partner or spouse in the household gets benefits and the other gets an annual income above £16,190, as assessed by HMRC, your family will not be eligible for free school meals.


If you get working tax credits

If you get working tax credit regardless of your annual household income your family will not be eligible for free school meals.


Changes to free school meals eligibility from 1 April 2018

Universal credit is being introduced over the next few years and will replace existing benefits, such as housing benefit and JSA. We expect the rollout to be completed by March 2022. This may affect your school meals eligibility.


Applying for free school meals from 1 April 2018

If you are on universal credit, you can only apply for free school meals for children in year three and above if you earn £7,400 per year or less.


If you child already gets free school meals

If you are moved onto universal credit and your child already gets free school meals, they can still get free school meals, even if you earn more than £7,400, until the end of the rollout period in March 2022.


If your child is in reception or years one and two

Children in reception and years one and two are not affected by the changes.


If you aren’t on universal credit yet

If you haven’t been moved onto universal credit yet, you can still apply for free school meals and your application will be based on the old eligibility criteria above.


How to apply for free school meals


You can apply online for free school meals.


You do not need to reapply each year but if your child changes school, you will need to tell us.


If you would like support in applying for free school meals please see a member of the office team.


Packed Lunches

Children from Years 3-6 are welcome to bring a packed lunch, which they can eat in the dinner hall or outside in the playground when the weather is warm and dry.


It is essential that children's midday meal is a balanced and healthy one so we have developed guidelines to help parents with what to include.


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Please click here to see our full packed lunch policy.