School Meals

Pupils may bring a packed lunch if they prefer. All pupils are able to sit with their peers, regardless of whether they have a school or packed lunch.

A few children choose to go home at lunch time. We do however need written consent from a parent for this.




People with food allergies have to be extremely careful about what they eat. Food labelling is therefore very important to those with food allergies as there can be potentially serious consequences from eating food that they are allergic to.
The new European food laws require us to be alerted to any of the 14 allergens in the food we prepare which can cause a problem, and allow our customers to be aware of them.
If your child has an allergy to any food we would appreciate if they would ask for a form to complete to inform us of this. They can pick up a form from the office or email Even if your child usually has packed lunches we would still like this to be completed to cover any eventuality.
A list of the 14 allergens is shown below. If your child is allergic to any of these, or any other food, we would appreciate it if we could be made aware of this.
Cereals containing gluten
 Sesame seeds
 Sulphur dioxide
Free School Meals

If you think your child may be entitled to Free School Meals, you can apply for this benefit online at , over the telephone on  0345 6006400 or by completing a paper application form which is available from the NCC FSM office, Wansbeck Square, Ashington, NE63 9XL 


Eligibility for free school meals
The government has made amendments to the eligibility criteria since April 2018. This is to reflect the introduction of Universal Credit.

PLEASE NOTE: Free school meals are available to pupils in receipt of, or whose parents are in receipt of, one or more of the following benefits:

  • Universal Credit
    • Provided you have an annual net income of no more than £7,400
  • Income Support
  • Income-based Job Seekers Allowance
  • Income related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guarantee element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit
    • Provided you are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190