School Meals Information

School Meals Menu

View our temporary school meals menus which will take effect from Monday 2 November 2020.


School meals are cooked and served in the school dining hall where Kells Lane staff encourage children to try new foods or different menu items. However, no child is made to eat food which they have tried and do not enjoy. Limited choice menus are designed to meet the nutritional requirements for developing children and the School Meals Service introduces a wide variety of foods.


Dinner money is collected for the whole week, on Monday morning. All monies should be sent to school in a sealed envelope, marked with your child’s name, class and the amount enclosed. This money is collected and counted by the office staff (not the class teacher) so money must be sent in at the start of the week.


Free School Meals

All schools now get an allocation of funds for children who are in receipt of free school meals and those who are ‘looked after’. This is called Pupil Premium.  We ring fence this money for each child to ensure that they get additional support.

Every child in reception, year 1 and year 2 classes is now entitled to a free school meal under the government’s universal infant free school meal scheme. This is not means tested.  It is important that you submit a free school meals application form| (FreeSchoolMealsApplicationForm) if you qualify, even if your children are in Year 1 or Year 2.  Your children in years 3 – 6 may also qualify for means tested free school meals.  School will only receive Pupil Premium funds for additional support if you have applied.

You can find more information via Gateshead school meals page:

To parents of adopted children… The grant has been extended and from April 2014 schools can receive Pupil Premium funding for children adopted from care or those who left care under a special Guardianship Order on or after 30 December 2005.

Was your adopted child previously a ‘looked after child’ and adopted on or after 30 December 2005?  If yes, you can help our school by providing us with the evidence to claim on your behalf – e.g. show us the Adoption (Court) Order before 16 January 2014 (the date we complete the annual census).

Please speak to Mrs Whistler, Headteacher,  or Mrs Heath, School Business Manager, if you think you may qualify.


Packed Lunches

Children are allowed to stay for a packed lunch. However, we are not able to keep the lunch boxes in a refrigerated place, so we can take no responsibility for problems which could occur as a result of eating sandwiches, pies or yoghurt which are stored in warm classrooms during the morning period. Also children are not allowed to bring drinks in cans, glass or other breakable containers. We prefer children to have a piece of fruit each day and sweets are not allowed in school.

It is helpful if parents give one week’s notice of a child wishing to change from a school meal to packed lunches or the reverse as food is ordered on the basis of the previous week’s numbers. A child who forgets his or her packed lunch can be provided with a school lunch and payment should be sent in the next day.


Lunchtime Supervision

As teachers take their break in the middle of the day, midday supervisors are appointed to look after the children who stay at school for lunch.