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Hot School Meals - Chartwells

September 2022 New Starters Chartwells information pack

Y2-3 Chartwells information Pack - please see document at the bottom of the page.

Chartwells Menu for April 2022 - April 2023

Hot Meals

Good food and good food culture has been shown to lead not only to healthier, happier and more fulfilled children, but to improved educational attainment. Hot meals at our school are provided by Chartwells.  The school orders hot meals for children in Reception, Year 1 or Year 2 and for those children in Year 3 and above who are eligible for free school meals.  Parents/carers can order meals for children in Year 3 or above through the Chartwells Meal Selector website. 

Menu Choice

Chartwells order in a selection of items from the menu to achieve the total quantity of meals required on a daily basis, with the aim of meeting dietary needs, minimising waste and providing choice where possible.  Jacket potatoes are part of this order.  We respectfully ask parents and children to consider all the menu choices for each day as we are not able to guarantee a child will get their first choice from the menu.  If parents have further queries concerning menu choice please contact the Chartwells office on  

Allergy/intolerance, Faith Meals, Vegetarian, Vegan or Pescatarian Diets

Please download the West Sussex Special Diet information booklet below, which provides you with information and guidance on special diets and other diets, and includes an application form so that you can notify Chartwells.  Children with a special diet will be given a lanyard and children with a vegetarian, vegan or cultural diet will be given a wristband to wear during lunch service.  This is to help Chartwells staff to provide the correct meal.

How to Order and Pay for meals

Parents can register their children in Year 3 and above for hot meals via the Chartwell's Meal Selector website   You will find full instructions on how to register and order meals on the website.  Meal orders can be made online at any time up until cut off time of midnight on Sunday – 7 days before the full week in which the meal is to be served.   Hot meals cost £2.35 each which is paid when the booking is made. 

New to Year 3 from September 2022

Free School Meals

Universal Infant Free School Meals

Children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are entitled to free school meals.  

Free School Meals and the Pupil Premium

If your child is in Year 3 and above they may still be eligible to receive free school meals which could save you more than £450 a year, as well as providing £1320 additional funding to the school via Pupil Premium funding.  The Government is giving money to schools to help children from lower income families do their very best.  No one will know you have registered and it will not affect any other benefits you are claiming.  Children entitled to free school meals will automatically receive a meal, regardless of their year group, once confirmation of their entitlement has been received.

This money is essential in supporting all that the school wishes to provide for pupils!  Please talk to us about registering your child today.

How does it work?

1. First, check if you qualify – please check the list below.
2. Registering is really quick and easy – if you think you qualify, then do any of the following:

  • Download the form below
  • Ring the school office 01273 454470 for advice
  • Visit the school office and ask for a form
  • Ring the Local Authority on 01243 752835 / 752838 or visit  (search for Free School Meals application) for more information.

3. If you want your child to have a free, healthy meal at lunchtime that’s great – they will get the free
    meal (saving you more than £450 a year), extra benefits and the school gets £1320 extra.
4. If you don’t want your child to have the school meals they can continue as normal – as long as you qualify and are registered, the school still gets £1320 extra.

Do you qualify?

You can register your child for Free School Meals if you get any of these benefits:

  • Universal Credit with an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400
  • Child Tax Credit (with no Working Tax Credit) with an annual income of no more than £16,190
  • Working Tax Credit run-on (paid for the four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guarantee element of Pension Credit

Come and talk to us if you’re not sure or ring the Local Authority on 01243 752835.

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