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School Meals

Caterlink menu Autumn 2019:



School Meals 

Children can have either school meals or packed lunches from home.  School meals are freshly cooked on site by Caterlink and currently cost £2.20 per meal (£11 per week). There is always a vegetarian option and filled jacket potatoes, as well as salad choices and fruit as an alternative to the dessert. The termly menu can be picked up from the school foyer.


Payment may be made by cash or cheque (made payable to Caterlink); this should be placed in an envelope with your child’s name and class on it, and should be handed to the class teacher, or placed in the post box outside the school office. These envelopes are then passed straight onto Caterlink staff.  School staff do not open the envelopes or handle any payments, so any queries about payments should be taken up direct with Caterlink:

Please go to https://caterlinkltd.co.uk/ to contact Caterlink.


Your child may be able to get free school meals if you get any of the following:

  • Income Support
  • income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • the guaranteed element of 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
  • 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)


If this is the case, please apply online at https://www.gov.uk/apply-free-school-meals, or contact our FLO, Caroline Soutan (csoutan@lyminge.kent.sch.uk / 01303 862367) for more information, or help to apply.


Even if your child will not be taking a school meal, PLEASE still apply, as the school receives additional Pupil Premium funding for every child who is registered for Free School Meals.


Universal Infant Free School Meals (UIFSM)

From September 2014 all pupils in reception, year 1 and year 2 in state-funded schools in England are offered a free school meal (UIFSM). 

If your child is eligible for Free School Meals, even if they qualify for Universal Infant Free School Meals, again, PLEASE still register for Free School Meals as the school will benefit from the additional Pupil Premium funding


Fruit for Morning Break

Most children (and adults) cannot last the morning without a snack. All Year R-2  children receive free fresh fruit daily, for a mid-morning snack, and children in Key Stage 2 are welcome to bring a fruit snack from home.

Children are not allowed crisps, chocolate or sweets at breaktimes.



Many parents opt to buy milk through the “Cool Milk” scheme – details of how to apply on- line can be obtained at the office.