Athelstan Community Primary School

To Be The Best That We Can Be

School Meals


Our 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 £2.78 (£2.35 for nursery meals). Paid school meals should be ordered and 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


Ordering system for school meals

Athelstan uses Parent Pay Meal Selector  for familes to order school meals at home. The  process will allow you as a parent/carer to help choose and order the meals your child eats at school.


We are use this system because:

  • 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.


Below are links to Parent Pay, where you will find the meal selector, and to our guide book on how to use the system, 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.


If you are having difficulties with parent Pay, please email Parent Pay’s helpline on and they will be able to support and advise you.




Sample Meals

 In addition to the main menu we also offer sandwich/panni option and a jacket potato option - these options can be found on your Parent Pay Meal Selector account. 

Universal Free School Meals and Free School 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. For children in Sunshines to Year 6, you can apply online for Free School Meals using the link below. For children in Puddles or Raindrops, please contact the Early Years Office for a Free School Meals application form.

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. Please speak to the school office if you need any help.