School Dinners

All children in Reception, years 1 and 2 receive a school lunch free of charge. If you receive certain benefits, your child/ren may be entitled to free school meals regardless of age, and the school can receive additional Pupil Premium funding – see below.

The cost of a school meal from 1st September 2023 will be £2.73 per day / £13.65 per week for children in years 3,4,5 and 6. Meals are to be chosen in advance by parents with their child online via ParentPay. Payment for your child's meals must be made in advance via ParentPay as meals cannot be chosen or issued if there is insufficient money on your account.

Children may have a school meal or bring a packed lunch.  We encourage our children to make healthy food choices and ask that packed lunches do not contain fizzy drinks, sweets or chocolate bars.

Our menus run over a three-week period.  Our catering provider is Edsential.  Our school Catering Supervisor, can be contacted via school.  All allergens/intolerances as reported to school are fed through to the kitchen, please see the allergen information below.  If you require any further information about this, please email us.  If your child does have a food allergy you will need to complete a form and submit this to school.

Please click on the link to view our menu from September 2023 and allergen information.

The cost of a school meal from 1st September 2024 will be £2.94 per day / £14.70 per week for children in years 3,4,5 and 6.  School meals for children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are free.

Applying for Free School Meals

If you would like to get some further information on applying for Free School Meals and wish to make an application please visit Cheshire West & Chester's website

You will qualify if you are receiving one of the following benefits.

  • Income Support
  • Income Based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Child Tax Credit but not Working Tax Credit and have an annual income that does not exceed £16,190
  • The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit - if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)

Do you receive Working Tax credit?

If you or a partner receive Working Tax Credit regardless of income you will not qualify for free school meals.

If you think you might be eligible for free school meals through the Pupil Premium Grant, please complete this form and return it to the school office or email to - the form can be completed online within the pdf itself.  You can download and complete this form here.  If you are eligible, this provides additional funding to school and also to support your child through financial contributions towards trips, residentials, clubs.  If you'd like more information about what contributions are offered please email the school business manager.

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St Werburgh & St Columba Primary School

Lightfoot Street

Tel: 01244 478968

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