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About Our School Meals

We are proud to work with Chartwells Schools for your children’s school dinners. Chartwells believe that the key to fuelling young minds comes from understanding both what they need and what they enjoy, which is why they develop nutritious and delicious food that pupils love, alongside helping to ensure a healthy body and mind. Their passionate chefs work closely with us to ensure every child receives a nutritionally balanced meal at school, perfectly suited to meet their needs and dietary requirements.

They create menus that are delicious, seasonal and healthy, using carefully selected ingredients, helping to reduce waste and build a more sustainable world for our future generations.

Chartwells Schools dedicates time and resources to education surrounding mental and physical wellbeing, including nutrition and food habits, to encourage our pupils to engage with, learn, and enjoy food while developing crucial social skills. Chartwells’ Food Super Heroes make food education fun, whatever the age, and their tasty theme days encourage children to make the most of their school meal.


To find out more about Chartwells, visit their website or contact the school catering team.

Medical Diets

We know that feeding children with food allergies or intolerance can cause a lot of anxiety for both parents and schools. That’s why Chartwells have implemented a market-leading allergens process, and make sure every step is taken to ensure that our students can enjoy school meals safely with their friends.


More information on their medical diet process can be found here.

Email: [email protected]

New Spring/Summer Menu Monday 15th April 2024

Chartwells, our school meal provider, have launched their exciting new Spring/Summer menu on April 15th. They have taken all feedback onboard from schools and worked in partnership with Durham County Council Catering Team to develop this menu. Full of hearty, flavoursome recipes that have been lovingly created by a team of chefs and nutritionists, these dishes are packed with all the things children need to grow strong and healthy. Plus, they have been given the thumbs up by children so are really tasty too.

School Meals FAQ

What is included in a school meal?

Every day, you can be assured that a school meal will offer:

• At least two portions of fruit and vegetables

• Dairy food items rich in calcium for strong bones and teeth

• Starchy carbohydrates to provide energy

• A protein source to support the body’s growth and repair.

Can a cold lunch be provided instead of a hot meal?

Absolutely! Our cold lunches are made fresh each day and are designed to be both tasty and nutritious, ensuring that children enjoy a balanced and satisfying meal.

How do I order and pay for school meals?

All children in the UK in Reception, Year 1 or Year 2 are entitled to a delicious hot or cold meal for FREE. From Year 3 (KS2), your child may still be eligible for free school meals, simply visit to check. If your child is in KS2 and above, parents can use the ParentPay website to pay for meals. Children can choose their own meal from the menu each day.

What if my child has an allergy or special diet?

Our primary objective is to keep our pupils - your children – safe every day when enjoying their school meals. We take allergies very seriously and, supported by our robust Medical Diet Policy, we’ve taken every step to ensure that as many children as possible living with food allergies and intolerance can eat safely at school with their friends. To find out more please email: [email protected]

Download the current school menu

New menu launched April 2024

Click the image to download the latest Newsletter from Chartwells.

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