Children can bring a healthy packed lunch or can have a healthy hot lunch.


In common with the majority of schools locally, our school lunches are supplied by Edsential.  Edsential set the prices, not school.   


Mrs Galloway, our school cook,  prepares freshly cooked food everyday.  Children’s favourites are Roast Dinner Wednesdays and special theme days (Bonfire Night, Chinese New Year, Easter and of course, Christmas)


School Lunches cost £2.90 per day or £14.50 per week for children in Key Stage 2.  All children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are entitled to a free lunch as part of the government scheme 'Universal Infant Free School Meals'.


All menus run on a 3 week cycle and support ‘Sugar Swap & Juice Free Days’, as well as Meat Free Fridays. Also available daily, is freshly baked bread, seasonal vegetables, salad, fresh fruit and organic yoghurt.  Menus meet the ‘School Food Standards‘ and the ‘Food for Life Served Here‘ Bronze criteria, approved by the Soil Association ensuring the food on the plate is high quality.


School Lunches at Brookside



 Do I qualify for free school meals?

You may qualify if you are a parent, guardian or carer and receive one of the following:

  • Income Support (IS)

  • Income Based Job Seeker Allowance (IBJSA)

  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 or

  • Child Tax Credit (but not Working Tax Credit) and have an annual income (as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and  Customs) that does not exceed £16,190.

  • The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit

  • Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit

  • Universal Credit - if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)



Do you receive Working Tax credit?

If you or a partner receive Working Tax Credit regardless of income you will not qualify for free school meals.


Apply for free school meals

If you have difficulties claiming online, please contact us by email at or call us on 0300 123 7021 to discuss making a telephone or paper application.

If I qualify, when will my child get free school meals?

If you qualify, the majority of claims are dealt with the same day and your entitlement will start the day after. A letter of entitlement will be issued to you and we will notify the school.

Do I need to apply each year?

No, your claim will be renewed automatically each year.

If your circumstances change, such as your child changing schools or leaving school, you changing your address, you stopping receiving any of the above benefits or you commencing receiving Working Tax Credit, it’s important that you let the relevant people know by contacting the Free School Meals Helpline on  0300 123 7039.



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