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School Meals - Useful Information

Good Afternoon


Welcome back all, please see below some useful information regarding school meals;


All children from Reception to Year 2 benefit from the government school meal scheme, which entitles each child to free school meals.


For children in years 3 – 6 the cost is £2.40 per day/£12.00 per week

(payments can be made via School Gateway, Cash or Cheque)


Herts Catering Ltd (HCL) is an independent Company which provide the school with its services and catering staff. Therefore, any meals that are to be ordered need to be paid in advance or on the day. We appreciate and understand that debts are eventually cleared however this causes extra administration for the school and HCL.


If you claim any income related benefits you may be entitled to free school meals. Please call the Helpline on 0300 123 4048 to register.


For children starting in Year 3 - If a child does not re-apply at the end of Year 2 then they will NOT automatically be eligible for Free School Meals in Year 3.

A new application is needed by the start of Year 3 and this will then roll over until the child leaves school, again assuming that eligibility does not end before this time.




HCL offers specifically adapted menus in line with our mainstream offer for selected food allergies and intolerances. HCL have a rigorous process in place to provide a safe meal service to pupils with food allergies or intolerances. HCL have an online account which simplifies the application for a Special Diet Menu, please go to to find out more and to apply.

*Please note that we will not be able to supply a school meal for your child if you have advised us of any food allergies or intolerances and an online application has not been completed.



Kind Regards


Ms Teakle - School Office Administrator

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