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School Meals

Due to the current situation with Covid-19 we have new procedures in please. Please see details here


Lunchtime times are 12.00pm – 12.55 pm. There is always a member of staff on duty but your child will be under the immediate care of the lunchtime supervisors, who are organised by our Midday Manager.

We encourage play and collaboration during the lunch hour. When weather permits, the children use the extensive school playing fields and a wide variety of equipment e.g. hoops, ropes, bean bags, footballs and rugby balls.


The Infant hall is used for meals at lunchtimes. School dinners are cooked on the premises – a wide choice of healthy foods are provided. Please see our menus at the bottom of this page.

If you wish, your child may bring a packed lunch to school. The packed lunch should be in a lunch-box labelled with your child’s name. We ask that glass containers, fizzy drinks, sweets and chocolate are not brought to school. We also have children at school with nut allergies, therefore we have a ‘nut-free’  policy. Please check foods carefully.

To book a school meal for your child you will need to be signed up for the School Gateway App. Select your child’s name, then Dinners and then make a booking. The options for each day will be shown for you to select the meal you require.

If you do not book a meal you must provide a meal from home, if you wish to cancel a booking you need to inform the school by 10am on the day, otherwise it will still be chargeable.


Dinner money can be paid by cash in advance and should be posted into one of the post boxes around the school in a labelled, sealed envelope; or via our school app.  Click here for more information.

School Dinners cost £2.00 per day and should be paid for before the meal. This can be paid for weekly at a cost of £10.00. Payment for school meals is made on the first school day of the week for the week, in advance by cash or the School app. Cheques may be accepted provided:

  • The payment is made for a period of at least one week.
  • The cheque is made payable to The Mead Educational Trust and crossed.

You may be entitled to free school meals – details of how to apply are available from the office.

Text messages will be sent regarding money owed for dinners, please ensure you speak to the school office if you are having trouble paying and would like to set up a payment plan.

Free School Meals

If your child is in Reception, Year 1 or Year 2 then they are eligible for Universal Infant Free School meals, however, if you are in  receipt of any of the following benefits you could be eligible for free school dinners for their whole time at Willowbrook which would include free milk and free trips.

  • Income Support
  • Income-based jobseekers allowance
  • Income-related employment and support allowance
  • Support under part VI of the immigration and asylum act 1999
  • The guaranteed element of state pension credit
  • Child tax credit
  • Working tax credit
  • During the initial roll out of the benefit, universal credit

Please ask at the school office for ways to apply.


Milk for each child is available everyday. Prices vary per term and information can be found on the newsletter prior to each term.

If your child is entitled to free school meals (see above) then they also get free milk.

For more information, please see the office.

Fruit Scheme

All infant children (Foundation – Year 2) are offered a free piece of fruit everyday. Juniors are able to bring a fruit snack in for break time, or fruit is available from the tuck trolley at a small price.

Latest Menus

Autumn 2020 Packed lunch Menu
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