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  School Meals        

All of our meals are cooked on-site by our talented and hard-working catering team. We provide a 'family meal' service, encouraging good table manners and conversation. All children sit together to eat their lunch, whether having a packed lunch or school dinner.

Allergies/intolerances - if your child has any food allergies or intolerances please contact the school office. For complex needs, a meeting with our catering manager can be arranged.

          Infants (KS1)
Children in reception, year 1 and year 2 automatically get free school meals. This is the Universal Infant Free School Meals (UIFSM) and you do not need to apply for it.

However, if you are a low income family and receiving certain benefits (see below), you may be entitled to Free School Meal vouchers during the school holidays, which the government introduced last year. If eligible, this would also benefit the school as we would be able to apply for more funding from central government, to help fund valuable support like extra tuition, additional teaching staff or after school activities.

        Juniors (KS2)

Children in years 3, 4, 5 and 6 are required to pay for school meals, at a cost of £2.20 per day/per child, payable either in advance or on the day the meal is taken. Our preference for payment is by using the online payment service 'School Gateway' (minimum payment of £6.60).

Click here for the link to the School Gateway app.

Alternatively, you can pay by cash or cheque, payable to 'Brightlingsea Primary School and Nursery', at the school office or send in with your child in a named envelope.

      Free School Meals

If you are a low income family, you may be eligible for free school meals (see below). Please contact the school office as we are now able to do a quick check on your behalf to see if you meet the criteria. You no longer need to apply through Essex County Council and will not be able to do so from April 2021.


Are you in receipt of:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit (not Working Tax Credit), with an annual income below £16,190
  • Pension Guarantee Credit
  • Employment and Support Allowance, income related
  • Support under part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act, 1999
  • Working Tax Credit run-on, paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit, with a household income of £7,400 or less (after tax and not including any benefits you get)