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School Meals

Healthy eating is not just about grazing on raw fruit, vegetables and cold sandwiches.  At school, it's also about allowing enough time to sit at a table and eat the valuable nutrients found in a balance of freshly cooked hot and cold meals in a pleasant environment with other children.  Our commitment is to provide children with healthy, nutritious and exciting meals.  A cafeteria service is offered at Cotwall End and a wide variety of meals are available.  Menus are planned to meet the values for Nutrient Based Standards by providing meals full of tasty ingredients.

All children in Reception and KS1 are entitled to a universal free school meal - hot or cold option.


For children in KS2, the cost of a school meal is £2.40, which includes a drink.


We are a cashless school, so all meals need to be booked and paid for in advance via the ParentMail app. You are able to book meals up to 3 weeks in advance, right up until 11.59pm the day before. The main meal choices for each day are a hot meal, vegetarian hot meal, fish option, jacket potato or sandwich grab bag. Whatever the choice made, this comes with a drink, salad options and pudding choices, which are available every day.

Payment can either be made at the point of booking on a pay-as-you-go basis, or you can periodically top-up your child's account. All payments must be made via ParentMail.

Our menu can be found here: 





Free School Meal Entitlement

To receive a free school meal you need to receive child benefit and either;

  • Income support

  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance

  • Income-based Employment and Support Allowance

  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

  • 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 1st April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)

For further information, please click on the link; Dudley MBC Free School Meals

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