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Cost of school meals and how to pay

Find out how much school meals cost if you don't qualify for free school meals and how to pay.

If you don't qualify for free school meals you will have to pay. Find out if you are eligible for free school meals.

Cost of school meals

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

  • primary and special school meals – £2.30
  • secondary school meals – £2.42
  • adult meals – £3.42 inclusive of VAT.

How to pay

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