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School Meals

School Meals

All meals are freshly prepared each morning in school and meet rigorous school food guidelines set out by the government.  For less than the price of your typical take-away sandwich, your child can enjoy a choice of freshly cooked main courses accompanied by fresh salad or vegetables, bread, a healthy drink, and a tasty dessert. Perfect for re-fuelling after a busy morning!

If your child doesn’t already stay for a school meal, why not introduce them? You might just be surprised.


Keeping it local - chicken, beef and pork is Red Tractor Farm Assured, our butcher is based in Northumberland and our eggs are all free range from a supplier in Durham.

Universal Free School Meals

All children in Reception, Year 1 & 2 are eligible for Universal Infant Free School Meals, however you still need to complete an application form to register.

If you don’t have an e-mail address please call Catering Services to register for free meals. (0191) 643 2288.  It is easy to apply only taking a few minutes to apply online, you will need your NI Number or your NASS reference to register.

Savings for your family money - Save over £390 per year for every child that qualifies

Woodlawn benefits – we receive additional funding for every child registered for free school meals.

Free School Meals

Why should I Apply?

If you are eligible, your child will receive nutritious and healthy schools meals free of charge.  Your child will also be entitled to free school milk each day. What’s more, school will be able to claim additional funding from the government for each child in receipt of free schools meals.

Even if you are entitled to Universal Free School Meals (children in Reception to Year 2) and you think you may be entitled to free school meals by meeting one of the criteria below, please apply as this will allow school to claim additional funding.  

Funding received is used by school to offer pupils invaluable support and to fund resources and activities.   

Am I Eligible?

You are eligible for free school meals if you receive any of the following benefits:

  • Income support

  • Income-based Job Seekers Allowance

  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance

  • Universal Credit with an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400

  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

  • Pension Credit Guarantee

  • Child Tax Credit without Working Tax Credit and an annual taxable income below £16,190 (as assessed by HM Revenue and Customs)

  • Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit and an annual taxable income below £16,190.

How do I Apply?

If you think you meet any of the criteria, you can apply by completing this online form.

You can also make an application quickly and easily over the telephone by calling (0191) 643 2288.

Thank you for your support and for helping to make sure the school receives as much funding as possible to give every pupil the support and education they deserve. 

Mellor's Newsletter 2024

Menu Secondary Post 16

Primary Menu

School Meal Policy 

Free School Meal Information

Portion Guide 

Food Allergies

Whole School Food Policy

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