School Meals

Your child can choose from three main meal options provided every day; meat, vegetarian or halal.

Jacket potatoes are always available, too, served with side salad.

Dessert options include; dessert of the day, a selection of yoghurts, cheese and crackers and fresh fruit.

If your child has a dietary requirement  e.g. dairy intolerances or a food allergy, you will need to collect a medical form from the main office and a special menu will be put in place for your child’s needs.

You can find a copy of our weekly school menu here: School Menu

The menus are rotated every three week; dates are on the menu link.

The cost of a school meal is £2.80 per day. Children in Reception, Year 1 and 2 are entitled to a free meal regardless of family circumstances.  Nursery meals cost £2.35 per day.

Meals can be paid in cash at the school office, via the Arbor app or Arbor online.

Free School Meals

Your child, or children, may qualify for free school meals if you are able to meet the following criteria:

You or your partner must have a child or children for whom you receive child benefit who is in full-time education, under 19 years of age and who attends a local authority school or sixth form.

You and your partner must be in receipt of one of the following benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income Based Job Seekers Allowance (JSA – IB)
  • Guarantee Pension Credit
  • Employment and Support Allowance (ESA Income Related)
  • Child Tax Credit – but not Working Tax Credit – and your income for Tax
  • Credit purposes must be less than £16,190.00 (details are shown on your Tax Credit award notice)
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

How to apply

If this applies to you, please complete our free school meals application form and return it to the address shown.

If you satisfy the requirements for your child/children to receive free school meals and submit the information required over the page, the school will be informed of this, and free meals will be available immediately.

Parents can be sure that pupils who receive a free school meal are not singled out in any way.

If you stop receiving one of the qualifying benefits; or you stop being responsible for the child/children concerned; or your Tax Credit entitlement changes, you MUST inform the Council’s Benefit Section immediately.

Tel: 0191 433 3729  Email: benefitenquiries@gateshead.gov.uk

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