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School meals

Apply for school meals online.

Most schools in Lewisham are part of a centrally managed school meals contract. This service is run by Chartwells, which provides pupils with a nutritious meal in accordance with the School Food Plan.

Secondary menu May–October 2019

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Cost of school meals

The fee pays for a two course meal and is currently:

  • Primary and special school meals – £2.20 (£2.30 from 1 May 2019)
  • Secondary school meals – £2.30 (£2.42 from 1 May 2019)
  • Adult meals – £3.30 (£3.42 inclusive of VAT from 1 May 2019)

How to pay

Usually, primary school pupils are asked to pay the school administrator on a weekly basis.

Cashless systems are in operation at secondary schools. Each school will be able to provide you with more information about the system that they use.

See our free school meals page for information about financial support for your child's school meals.


School meals comply with School Food Standards set by the Government.

The menus are designed with the assistance of qualified nutritionists. We aim to provide all of the basic food requirements that a young person needs at the midday period to get maximum benefit from the afternoon session of lessons.

All of the services provided by our caterer are subject to stringent independent monitoring – ensuring an efficient, healthy and nutritious standard is maintained.

Chartwells awards and accreditations.

Making a complaint about school meals

Complaints should be delivered in the first instance to your child's school. Your child’s school will then contact the caterer direct. Should the nature of the complaint recur or you or the school receive no satisfaction then the school will report the complaint to us.


Education Catering

London Borough Of Lewisham, Laurence House, 1 Catford Road, London, SE6 4RU
Email: EstateManagementCatering@lewisham.gov.uk

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