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School Meals and School Milk

We are very fortunate to have kitchens at Southwold School and Yoxford & Peasenhall School managed by Vertas (Eats Catering). The Yoxford & Peasenhall kitchen also supplies Middleton School.  

The menu is changed in November and April each year and provides a healthy, varied and nutritious hot meal for your child, prepared in our kitchens.  Your child is able to choose from a main and vegetarian option and dessert or pudding. The latest School Menu is attached here: Autumn/Winter Menu 2019

Lunch is served from 12.00p.m. to 12.30 p.m. and costs £2.30 per day for children in Years 3 to 6 who not in receipt of free school meals.

All children sit together in the dining hall. It is a time for social graces and good manners are encouraged.

Special Occasion Lunches take place throughout the year. Parents, Grandparents and Carers are invited to join us for celebrations such as Easter, Father's Day, Mother's Day Christmas, Share sessions etc.

Available every day is:

  • A hot main meal
  • A hot vegetarian meal (pre-order at the start of the week or day)
  • Homemade fresh bread
  • A selection of fresh salad
  • A dessert
  • A selection of fresh Fruit
  • Cheese & biscuits
  • Flavoured yoghurt
  • Fruit flavoured jelly


All Reception and KS1 children are entitled to a complimentary school lunch each day, which we endorse, and can be ordered on a daily basis.  Other children may also be entitled to a free school meal; to find out if you qualify please click here.

Paying for School Meals

Parent/s should pay in advance for a school meal by School Comms Online payment service, if you are unable to access this service please contact the school office. Children will not be provided with a school meal unless it is paid for, except those that are entitled to free school meals. If a parent genuinely forgets to pay in advance, the school may grant a debt allowance of 5 meals - £11.50. However this debt must be paid by the end of that week and future meals must be paid in advanced before any further meals are provided. Further information is given in our School Meals Debt Procedure guidance.

Free School Meals/Pupil Premium

You may be eligible to claim for Free School Meals for your child if you receive any of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Income based Job Seeker’s Allowance
  • Income related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit but not the Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by HM Revenues & Customs) that does not exceed £16,190
  • If you are supported under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Working Tax Credit during the four-week period immediately after your employment finishes or after you start to work less hours per week.

To find out if you qualify, please click here.


Why Apply?

Even if your child will qualify for a Universal Free School Meal (see below), we recommend that you still apply for Free School Meals/Pupil Premium Funding, if you are eligible, as your child may benefit from other areas, such as:

  • Learning Support
  • Additional Educational Resources
  • Subsidised School Uniform
  • Subsidised Educational Visits
  • Subsidised Residential Trips
  • Subsidised After School Clubs
  • Subsidised Music Tuition (if available)

All applications are confidential and we will not have access to your financial information.

Universal Free School Meals

Under the Government’s Universal Free School Meals Scheme, we are given funding to provide all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 with a school dinner, free of charge to the parents/carers. Other children may also be entitled to a free school meal; to find out if you qualify please click here.


School Milk Scheme

In England, Scotland and Wales, all school children who are under 5 are eligible for free milk under the ‘nursery milk scheme’.  Free milk will continue until the Friday before your child’s fifth birthday.

When your child is over 5 years of age you can register so that they continue to receive milk through Cool Milk who run the scheme for Suffolk schools. By registering your child for the school milk scheme they will receive a 189ml (third of a pint) carton of semi-skimmed milk every day. This is delivered fresh and chilled to school and costs approximately 22p per child, per day. More information, including how to pay, can be found at www.coolmilk.com