Southwood Primary School

Home Page

Southwood Primary School

Home Page

School Meals

Free School Meals


From September 2014 every child in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 no longer have to pay for a school dinner. They are entitled to universal free school meal.


At Southwood Primary School, our cook prepares fresh healthy school meals every day and we hope that all pupils will take up this offer. Alternatively, if you prefer, your child can still bring a packed lunch to school.


If your child is entitled to free school meals you could be over £900 better off. The school could also get thousands of pounds in government funding. You can apply anonymously for free school meals on 0208 227 2970 or


Important Information

In the past parents could apply for a Free School Meal for their child and if they were eligible the Government would give the school extra money for teaching and learning and the child would receive a Free School Meal. Although now every infant child is entitled to a Free School Meal, parents still need to apply for them as the Government continues to give schools extra money for every child registered as qualifying for Free School Meals. This extra money is now called a Pupil Premium Grant. The money a school receives depends upon the number of children registered as Pupil Premium/Free School Meals Pupils. For every child registered our school will receive £1,300. We would therefore urge you to register to make sure our school does not miss out


Do you qualify?


You can register for our school to receive a Pupil Premium Grant if you receive ANY of these benefits:


  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Pension Credit
  • Employment and Support Allowance


Please pick up a form from the school office, fill it in and return it to the office and we will pass it on Revenue Benefits Services so they can calculate the amount of Pupil Premium Grant our school should receive.


Please contact the office if you need any further information. Thank you for your support.

Key Stage 2: School Dinners 

Parents, whose children are not eligible for 'Free School Meals', pay for school meals using the secure ParentPay service. You will be issued with a bar coded letter from the school office to make payments either online or at a Paypoint. This is the only way you can pay for your child's lunch....we do not accept cash.


About our school meals


The cost of a school dinner or school packed lunch is £2.10 a day.


The links below will take you to the Lunchtime Menu. The menu may be subject to change, as a result of pupil feedback and availablity. 

Packed lunch

Please send your child's lunch to school in a named lunchbox. Whilst we leave it to your discretion as to what is provided, we ask you to consider healthy options and also not to include fizzy drinks, chocolates, sweets or more than 1 packet of crisps. Drinks must be in plastic containers.


As part of our environmental education we would like to encourage you to consider the amount of packaging that some convenience items use and look for alternatives which do not use packaging and are probably cheaper ie: cheese strings or individually wrapped small cheeses could be substituted with a piece of cheese cut from a larger block and wrapped in cling film or in a plastic tub