Combe Down Primary School

Combe DownChurch of England Primary School

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Lunches / Free School Meals


 Hot Lunches

Our meals are delivered from Chartwells daily, as we have no commercial kitchen on site.  The children have a choice of school dinners or they may prefer to bring a packed lunch.  The cost for children in years 3-6 is £2.30 per meal (£2.35 from 4th November 2019). 

If your child would like to have hot lunches please print off an order form (below), or pick one up from the office - meals are ordered and paid for termly, although we are happy to accept post-dated cheques or weekly/fortnightly payments (with our agreement).  Children in years R - 2 inclusive are eligible to receive a free lunch daily, but an order form must still be completed.

Meals continue to be ordered, using the daily pattern requested, until the office are advised that the meal pattern should be amended or cancelled.

Order form, Years R - 2          Order form, Years 3 - 6

Click here to view the menu.  If you would like to change your child's meal pattern please let the school office know (preferably by e-mail) as soon as possible. Thank you.   

No sweets are allowed in school either in lunch boxes or at break times.

All children may bring in their own fruit or vegetables to eat at morning break. Children in Reception, Year 1 and 2 are provided with a free piece of fruit daily.

If you have any queries please contact Karen Blakemore in the office (Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday).

Special Diets for Medical or Religious Reasons, Allergies, Nuts 

If your child has a medical or religious dietary need (e.g. dairy free, gluten free, Halal, no pork etc) you must complete and return a special meals request form together with corresponding medical evidence to Chartwells.  Please note that these children cannot have a school dinner until a special menu has been approved by Chartwells and you.

A parent of a child with a nut allergy who can tolerate products that ‘may contain nuts’ can sign the Nut Safety Consent Form which will allow them to eat off the main menu. However, if they are unable to tolerate products which ‘may contain nuts’ they will need to follow the special diet procedure above.  Chartwells Nut Safety Statement.

Please read the Special Dietary Procedures guidance for a full explanation. 

 Free School Meal Eligibility

From September 2014 all children in Years R, 1 and 2 will be entitled to 'Universal Free School Meals' regardless of your eligibility. However in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 free school meals are available only to children whose parents/guardians are in receipt of one or more of the following benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income Based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income Related Employment Support Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit, without any Working Tax Credit, and an annual household income (as assessed by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs) that is not more than £16,190
  • Working Tax Credit Run-on which is only paid for 4 weeks after you STOP qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Guaranteed Element of Pension Credit
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Universal Credit - Provided you have an annual net earned income (take home pay) of no more than £7,400 (as assessed by earnings from up to 3 of your most recent assessment periods). 

If your child is in Foundation Stage, Year 1 or Year 2 please do still apply for Free School Meals if you are eligible, even though your child receives a free lunch under Universal Free School Meals - we can receive £1,320 extra funding per child that is registered!  Your child does not need to eat a hot lunch at school if they would prefer to bring a packed lunch, but it is important that you register if eligible, please. 

How to register

We encourage all parents to check their eligibility, regardless of what year group their child is in, as the school receives additional funding for all pupils that are entitled to Free School Meals (NOT Universal Free School Meals).