School Meals

In collaboration with our school caterer, Harrisons, we ensure that all food provided at the school is healthy, apetising and fresh. We recognise the importance of good quality school meals and that is why our school meals have been awarded the Food for Life Gold Award. Our school kitchen has consistently been awarded 5 stars in the hygiene rating – the highest rating possible. 

Hitherfield takes seriously the vital role it has in educating pupils about healthy eating and exercise. Through our Edible Playground pupils experience where fruit and vegetables come from, how they are grown and their seasonality. Every pupil at Hitherfield is involved in the growing and harvesting of fruit and vegetables and this has resulted in them tasting and enjoying a greater range of foods. Every child in the nursery has free milk and all our infant children are provided with a free piece of fruit during their morning break.

Please use the link below to see the most up to date school menu.  

Hitherfield Summer Menu 2024


Paying for Nursery School Meals

Hitherfield is a cash free school and meals are payable via Parentpay where parents can pay by visiting the Parentpay website  Please contact the school office for your log-in details.  Meals currently cost £2.50 per day, £12.50 per week.

Universal Free School Meals for children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2

The government have announced plans to enable every child in reception, year 1 and year 2 in state-funded schools to receive a free school lunch.  For more information on how this will work please visit the website

Universal Free School Meals for children in Years 3-6 

The London Mayor has announced that he will fund free school meals for all KS2 children in community schools for 1 year as an emergency cost of living support measure.  Therefore, children in KS2 will not have to pay for school dinners for the Academic year 2023-2024. 

Free School Meals 

Your child is entitled to free lunches if you are receiving:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit (but not receiving Working Tax Credit), and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190, as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs.

An application for a free school meal can be downloaded here:

School Meal Contract

Completed applications can be sent to or handed into the School Office.

 If you wish to change from one system to another, please do so at the end of the term and make sure you complete a school meal contract.