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Lunchtime is an important part of the school day. We encourage students to eat healthily from our Food Court or the Cash ‘n’ Dash windows, where a selection of healthy and nutritious food is available. Items are priced separately and a two course meal may be purchased at a very moderate cost.  In addition, there is a mid-morning break service selling a selection of healthy food.

We operate a cash-free biometric system in the Food Court; students use fingerprint recognition to deduct money from their accounts. Those who do not wish to use the biometric system are issued with an individual PIN. Student accounts can be topped up by students using cash in machines in school or online by parents / carers through SchoolComms.


The standards were developed following research showing that children were not making healthy food choices at lunchtime and that school meals did not meet their nutritional needs.

There are two standards that we must comply with when providing school catering:

1. Food-based Standards:

They define types of food which are no longer allowed or are restricted, in order to replace food high in fat, sugar or salt with more nutritious food and drinks and were introduced to ensure nourishing food is served more frequently.

2. Nutrient-based Standards:

It is important that school lunches contain sufficient energy and micronutrients to promote good nutritional health in all pupils and to protect those who are nutritionally vulnerable.

The nutrient-based standards aim to make the food offered healthier by increasing the vitamin and mineral content and decreasing the fat, saturated fat, non-milk extrinsic sugars and sodium, (salt), content.

For more information on the nutritional standards:

Other useful websites:

The British Nutrition Foundation:
Food a fact of life:


Food Hygiene

We have regular Environmental Health inspections which contribute to our food hygiene rating which is published on the Food Hygiene Rating website. Our current rating (10th February 2016) is the best available – VERY GOOD. Click on this link to view: Food Hygiene Ratings 


Free School Meals (FSM) are available to people who are classed as unemployed and receiving a qualifying benefit. However they are not available automatically.

The parent, carer or student needs to complete an application and return it to school or the FSM office at County Hall. An application cannot be made retrospectively, the FSM process is a set criteria and there is no appeals process.

Children who receive Income Support(IS) or Income Based Jobseekers Allowance (IBJSA) in their own right are also entitled to claim free meals under the same application process.

If a child attends school or the parent/carer resides in Northumberland the applicant can apply to Northumberland Authority for free school meals.

Your child may be able to receive free school meals if you are in receipt of any of the following:

How to apply:

You can apply either by: