Mereside Primary School use Chartwells Catering Services to provide fresh and healthy meals for our pupils.
Chartwells believe in giving children all the get up and go they need with tasty food and unrivalled approach to school meals. As well as providing thousands of meals daily to students across the country, they actively run activities and workshops to encourage healthy eating and inspire good, lifelong habits.
'We don’t just want children to eat our food... we want them to LOVE it'
All children are supervised at lunchtimes by our Mid-Day Supervisors. From September 2014, as a result of DfE funding, all pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are offered a free school meal each day, unless you choose to opt out.
School meal options are as follows:-
Have a school lunch - Cooked meals are available and served in the dining hall, cooked by staff from Chartwells Catering.
Bring a packed lunch - Children may also bring their own packed lunch, which is also eaten in the dining hall. We actively encourage healthy eating and ask you to consider this when preparing your child’s lunch. Sweets are not allowed and chocolate should be limited to one small bar or biscuit. Nuts, or products containing nut traces, are not allowed as we have pupils with severe allergies. Most chocolate spreads contain nut traces, and therefore it is easier to say that none are allowed. Lunch should be packed in a lunchbox, which is clearly labelled with your child’s name. Drinks should be brought in a plastic flask or other unbreakable container for safety reasons, again clearly marked. Please do not send canned drinks or fizzy drinks.
School Meal Information
All children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are entitled to receive free school meals under the Government's Universal Free Infant School Meals initiative.
For children in Year 3 to Year 6 the cost of school meals is £10.00 each week (£2.00 per day), payable in advance each Monday morning.
Menus change frequently but always ensure that children are provided with a choice of healthy, well-balanced and nutritious meals.
Free School Meals
If you believe you are eligible for Free School meals, please use the link below or call into the school office to make an application,