Athelstan Community Primary School

"To be the best that we can be"

School Meals

At Athelstan we have a three-week rolling menu for school dinners which you can view below. These menus were formulated by asking the children their opinions on the meals on offer and removing less popular meals and increasing the frequency of other, more popular, meals.

In addition to this, children also have the ability to order a sandwich or jacket potato each day. 


Children at Athelstan School can either choose to stay for a hot school meal or a packed lunch. The current cost of a school meal is £2.35. Paid school meals should be paid for through the online Parent Pay website.

The school works alongside Parent Pay Meal Selector  

Our meals are produced freshly every day in a school kitchen from only:

  • fresh meat and poultry sourced from the region;
  • fruit and vegetables sourced regionally where possible using local suppliers;
  • products free from additives associated with health problems in young children;
  • fats free from hydrogenated oils; with
  • menus that are nutritionally balanced


Changes to the school meal ordering system from November 2nd

We are excited to announce that we are introducing Parent Pay Meal Selector as part of a pilot scheme in partnership with our catering provider, County Caterers. The new process will allow you as a parent/carer to help choose and order the meals your child eats at school, or allow them to order their meals themselves on a morning in the classroom.

To ensure that you and your child are confident in decision making, we will be showing actual images of the fantastic food on offer, as well as health and allergen information to allow the most educational and enjoyable experience,

We are delighted about this opportunity for a number of reasons:

  • Parents/Carers are able to see the delicious food on offer.
  • Parents/Carers are able to partake in an activity with their child that encourages education around food, and the ability to help them make healthier, more informed choices.
  • Less food waste in schools.
  • A more efficient and more enjoyable lunchtime service.

We have attached a step-by-step how to use guide, which will hopefully make the process of using Parent Pay Meal Selector to choose your child’s meals with them as simple for you as possible.

Any queries please email Parent Pay’s helpline on and they will be able to support and advise you.

Due to this being a new trial service, any feedback is appreciated to ensure we are continuously offering the best service we are able to. Please do bear with us as we start the pilot.

Currently due to the closure during the spring the Meal selector will not be available. 

Meal selector will return on April 12th 


Sample Meals

All children in Reception to Year 2 are entitled to receive a Universal Free School Meal. Funding for the meal is provided through the Universal Infant Free School Meal funding programme worth up to £400 per year per child

In addition to this funding the Government gives money to schools to help children from lower income families do their very best. This funding is called a ‘Pupil Premium’ and is linked to Free School Meal eligibility.


Are you eligible to receive pupil premium for your child/children?

Just registering your child for pupil premium means that the school receives additional funding and your child will be able to access funding for a variety of after school clubs,school visits,music lessons and school uniform.


How does it work?

1. First, check if you qualify – it is not just if you are unemployed, so please check to see if you qualify. You can register your child for Pupil Premium if you get any of these benefits:

  •  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 Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by HM Revenue & Customs) that does
    not exceed £16,190
  • Working Tax Credit 'run-on' - the payment someone may receive for a
    further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit


2. Registering is really quick and easy – if you think you qualify, ask at the school office for an application form or download a form here for Year 3 to Year 6 pupils or for Reception to Year 2 pupils

3. Even 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 receives the pupil premium  and you can still access the additional support shown above.

Register now to make sure you don’t miss out speak to the school office if you need any help.

Our school meals follow a healthy-eating policy.