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.

From September 2014 all children in Foundation Stage and KS1 are entitled to a universal free school meal - hot or cold option.  

The cost of a school meal for children in KS2 is £2.40 which includes a drink.


All meals need to be ordered and paid for via the ParentMail app. No cash is accepted in the office.

You are able to book meals for up to 3 weeks in advance, right up to the day before.

As our catering function is operated by Dudley Catering Services, we are going completely cashless. 

Parents and carers are able to choose with their pupils, which main meal they wish for a particular day, up to 21 days in advance. This can be amended up to one day before. The main meal choices for each day are a hot meal, vegetarian hot meal, hot wrap or jacket potato. Whatever the choice made, this comes with a drink, salad options and pudding choices per day, which are available every day.

Parents and carers will be able to pay-as-you-go when they book, or periodically “top-up” their catering accounts via the “top-up” button on ParentMail or through paying by cash at shops with the PayPoint logo.

The new menu can be found here:





As Cotwall End is a Health Promoting School we do not allow unhealthy snacks at break time. KS2 children are able to purchase crumpets, toast and teacakes at break time, along with juice, milkshakes and water. KS1 children each receive a piece of fruit at morning break time.


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 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.

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

To complete an enquiry form click on the link: Free School Meal enquiry form

If you would like to speak to someone please call 01384 814 988

To email the department click onthis link

To visit in person at Dudley Council Plus, Castle Street, Dudley, between 8.00am - 5.00pm, Monday to Friday and 9.00am - 12.00pm Saturday.

Cotwall End Primary School, Cotwall End Road,

Sedgley, Dudley, DY3 3YG

Tel: 01384 818730