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School meals at Salmestone


During the morning registration, the children are asked what they are having for lunch – a simple response of “packed lunch” or “school dinner” (both paid and free school meal) is needed.

Packed lunches


Children choosing packed lunch, are asked to bring in their packed lunch and leave it on their year group trolley, outside the dining hall. Please make sure their lunch boxes/bags are well labelled with their names. (For some great ideas for packed lunches, click here)

Universal Infant Free school Meals for Key stage 1


As of September 2014, all key stage one pupils attending schools in the United Kingdom are entitled to free, cooked school meals. This is called Universal Infant Free School Meals and is an automatic entitlement that you do not need to apply for. If your child would prefer a packed lunch, they may bring their own from home.


Please see the information below about Free School Meals. If you meet the criteria for Free School Meals we strongly encourage all parents to apply, as this results in additional funding for the school. (Applying for Free School Meals will not affect your entitlement to Universal Infant Free School Meals in any way).

Applying for Free School Meals


You may be entitled to free school meals for your child. The quickest and easiest way to apply for school meals is online. Alternatively if you can’t apply online, please download the paper application form or collect one from the school office.  KCC will notify you once your application has been assessed.


For each pupil in receipt of free school meals, the school receives additional funding called Pupil Premium. Therefore it is imperative that all parents who are eligible for free school meals apply, regardless of whether your child actually has a school dinner or a home packed lunch.


Please click HERE to apply for Free School Meals online.


Please click HERE for a Free School Meals Application Form.


Buying a school meal


In the morning, between 8:30 and 8:45, school dinners can be paid for in school canteen. This can be for 1 meal or a few meals.



Principals have recently introduced an Online Payment System, to make it easier for parents to pay for school meals. This system can be accessed here.

Children can bring in a packed lunch or a hot lunch can be purchased for £2.10 per meal.
For those families who are eligible for Free school meals, the children will also have a hot lunch.


Please click here to view Principles' current menu in full