Healthy Lunches

Please note: All school meals must be ordered and paid for online.  This includes Universal Free School Meals for Key Stage 1 (Reception to Year 2) as well as Key Stage 2 (Year 3 to Year 6)  In order to access the login for School Gateway, click here.


Why opt for a school meal?

School meals at Hotwells are tasty, nutritious and good value for money. The dinners are cooked freshly on site by our super kitchen staff team: they are the healthiest lunchtime option for our pupils.

Eating a well-balanced meal at school is good for children’s health and development - and also good for their learning! We know that children who have eaten well are better able to focus in lessons and have the energy they need to get the most out of a busy school day.

Did you know that the school dinner menu (which runs on a three weekly cycle) is carefully planned and analysed so that it meets high nutritional standards? Click here to see the menu and click here to see the nutritional analysis. Vegetarian and Halal options are available on all days.  Please note the following statement from AIP (our meals provider):  

We confirm that all of our meat is Red Tractor certified, this includes our Halal meat served at Hotwells. All Red Tractor meat must be stunned before slaughter.

Amy Teichman BSc (HONS), MSc

Quality and Nutrition Manager

AiP Group of Companies


How much do school meals cost?

Dinners are £2.35 per day (£11.75 per week), payable in advance. It’s quick and easy to pay on-line (click here to go to the 'pay on-line area').

All meals must now be booked online and paid for in advance.  This applies to every year group.  Key Stage 1 children (Universal Free School Meals) and Pupil Premium Children in Key Stage 2 (Free School Meals) will still have to book meals online but no payment will be taken. 

Free School Meals

Many parents do not realise that they may be eligible for Free School Meals.

You can apply for free school meals if you receive one of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Job Seekers Allowance (Income Based)
  • Child Tax Credit, but are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and your annual income (as assessed by the Inland Revenue) does not exceed £16,190
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration & Asylum Act 1999
  • The ‘Guaranteed Element’ of Pension Credit
  • Income Related Employment and Support Allowance Benefit (any element of contribution based paid free school meals are not available)

It is quick and easy to apply and, even if your child does not with to take a school meal, the school receives extra funding based on the numbers of eligible pupils, so it is well worth applying. Please make sure you apply by 10th January to qualify for the rest of this year.


Applying for Free School Meals

If you would like to apply, please pick up an application form from the school office, or you can click here to apply online. If you would like to know more, please visit the school office.


Can my child bring a packed lunch?

If you do opt for your child to bring a packed lunch, please remember that we are a nut free school; your child should not bring nuts or products containing nuts to school.  Sweets are also not allowed in packed lunches. Children should not bring glass bottles or containers.

Below are some links to sites that can help parents find healthy and tempting lunch box choices:


Live well

Lunch box world