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School Meals

Book hot school meals, find information about Chartwells, free school meals and packed lunches.

Chartwells provides hot school meals for all West Sussex Schools. 

We urge all parents who are entitled to Pupil Premium School Meals (also known as Benefit based free school meals) to register even if your child does not take up this meal. 

Is my child entitled to Free School Meals?

Families who receive certain benefits may be eligible for free school meals. Your child is eligible for free school meals if you're in receipt of one of the following benefits: 

  • Universal Credit with an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400.
  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part 6 of the lmmigration and Asylum Act l999
  • The guarantee element of Pension Credit
  • Working Tax Credit run-on (paid for the four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
  • Child Tax Credit (with no Working Tax Credit) with an annual income of no more than £16,190

Registering for free meals could also raise an extra £1,320 for your child's primary school to fund valuable support like extra tuition, additional teaching staff or after-school activities.

Registration is quick and confidential. The Government will give additional funds for every child even if they do not take up the hot meal each day, this additional funding can be spent within school by way of introducing additional support programmes that benefit all of our children.

How to apply:

Apply online via the West Sussex County Council online Free school meals application form.

The online application is the quickest and easiest way to apply and will result in you getting an instant decision.

However, you can also download the form at the bottom of the page. Please don't hesitate to call into the school office if you need any help.

Special dietary requirements

Please inform Chartwells directly if your child has any special dietary requirements.

Key Stage 2: Years 3, 4, 5, and 6

Meals are available to be ordered more details available at Chartwells School Meals

Key Stage 1: Reception, Years 1 and 2

From September 2014 all children in these school year groups have been entitled to receive a Universal Infant Free School Meal (UiFSM). We encourage you to look at the Chartwells menus and share them with your child. Alternatively, you may prefer to provide your child with a packed lunch.

The school will order meals for your child based on your initial choice to opt in or out of the free school meals when registering for the school.

We require TWO WEEKS WRITTEN NOTICE if you wish to change your initial arrangement and opt into or out of this scheme. Email:

Packed lunches & snacks

Packed lunches and snacks for morning break should be healthy. Sweets, chocolate and fizzy drinks are not therefore allowed.

St Mary’s is a ‘nut-free’ school and we therefore ask that children do not bring in foods that have a high nut content, including peanut butter. We have children within school who have very severe allergies.