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School Meals

The Education Catering service provides a quality, value for money nutritionally balanced mid-day meal. The menus are constantly reviewed and refreshed. The aim is to maximise school meal uptake, promote healthy eating and provide a pleasant dining experience.

The menus are rotated on a 3 weekly basis;

The government decided that from September 2014, all pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 should be able to have a free school meal at lunchtime. This offer does not depend on your household income or whether you receive any benefits – every child in these year groups is eligible to take up the offer.


The government decided to fund free school lunches for all pupils in this age group, following the Department for Education’s recent review of school food.


In a trial, it was found that pupils who ate a high quality school lunch achieved better academically than those who did not. They were also more likely to eat healthier foods such as vegetables at lunchtime instead of less healthy foods such as crisps.


Parents in the trial appreciated saving the cost of school lunches (currently £2.40 per child per day) and not having to spend time preparing packed lunches.

Free School Meals based on low income


Why you should apply

The Pupil Premium is additional funding given to schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers.  This funding is given to Pictor School based on how many of our parents are claiming the free school meal allowance that they are entitled to.


During the 2021/22 financial year, the government gave schools an additional £1,345 for every primary school child registered for free school meals (or who had been registered at any time during the last 6 years).  For 2022/23, the funding is £1,385 per child.


Please note that no-one will know you have registered and it will not affect any other benefits you are claiming.


** You should apply for Free School Meals if you are eligible EVEN IF your child is entitled to Universal School Meals (because they are in Reception, Year 1 or Year 2) and EVEN IF you want your child to continue taking a packed lunch, to enable Pictor School to receive Pupil Premium funding. **


Do you qualify?

You can register your child for Free School Meals 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 Guaranteed part of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (as long as your annual gross income is £16,190 or less and  you don’t get Working Tax Credit)
  • Working Tax Credit run-off after you come off Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit that you applied for on, or after, 1 April 2018. As long as your household income is less than £7,400 a year after tax, not including any benefits

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How to apply

You can apply online at:


Our Parent Support Worker, Marisa Vazquez, will be able to help you with any aspect of applying for Free School Meals.  She is contactable through School 0161 532 3252

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