Birdham CE Primary School

School Meals

FAQs for ordering meals

 Frequently Asked Questions about ordering meals  


Lunch break for all children operates from 12.00pm – 1.00pm each day, although children eat in two sittings.  All of Kingfisher and Golden Eagle classes (and some from Peacock class) eat their lunch at 12.00pm in the hall, followed by all of Robin and Goldfinch classes (and remainder of Peacock class) at 12.30pm.  Children may either bring in their own packed lunch or have a hot school meal.

Hot meals are provided by Chartwells and can be purchased in two ways:

Parents wishing to purchase meals for their children must place their order and make payment a minimum of one full week in advance of the entire week that they require the order. The cut-off point for an entire week's meal order is (for telephone orders - 3pm on the Friday a whole week prior to the week that the meals are required for), and for on-line ordering 12 midnight on the Sunday a whole week prior to the week that the meals are required for.  Once a cut-off point for a week has been reached the dates are locked and no further alteration can be made on-line.

You do not need to order for the whole week, single days may be ordered but there is a minimum £10 order. Payments can be made by credit card, debit card or cheque.  Menus can be found on the website or you can pick one up from the school office. 
NB - If your child is going on a school trip or has a school event - please remember to cancel in sufficient time to gain a credit for that meal - 5 full working days in advance.

Alternatively, children may bring in their own packed lunch.  Children are encouraged to ensure their lunch is healthy and to avoid sweets and fizzy drinks.  As we have children with severe nut allergies we also ask that no nuts or products containing nuts are brought into school.  Children may bring a drink to have with their lunch and also a water bottle to have during the day in class.

Three week Menu from Apr-23

Free School Meals

If you receive any of the following support payments your child may be entitled to receive free school meals:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and    have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit Run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for  Working Tax Credit

Children who receive a qualifying benefit in their own right are also allowed to receive free school meals.  Children under the compulsory school age who are in full time education may also be entitled to receive free school meals. Children who register for Free School Meals will also receive a school jumper free of charge.

Forms can be obtained from the school office, or downloaded here

Free School Meal application form  

During the autumn term of 2023, children in Peacock class thought it might be nice to change our lunchtime grace - and we agreed.  Here is the final version that they wrote together: