English Martyrs Catholic

Primary School

A Learning Community in Christ

School Meals

Hot Meals

Hot meals at our school are catered by Chartwells, contracted by West Sussex County Council. 

If your child is in Reception, Year 1 or Year 2 you are entitled to Universal Infant Free School Meals. Parents need to order these meals directly from Chartwells using the ParentPay app.


If your child is in Year 3 or above and you would like them to have a hot dinner, these meals also need to be ordered and paid for using the ParentPay app.


How to Order

All meals must be ordered 10 days in advance of the week that they are required and payment made at the time of ordering. If you require a login for the ParentPay app please contact the school office.



Free School Meals and the Pupil Premium


Families in Early Years/Year 1/Year 2 are automatically entitled to Universal Infant Free School Meals.  However, families in receipt of certain state benefits which give entitlement to Free School Meals for their children should apply for Free School Meals.


Who is eligible for free school meals?


Families should be entitled to Free School Meals if their family income is less than £16,190 per year and are not in receipt of Working Tax Credit and are in receipt of one or more of the following benefits:


• Universal Credit (provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than

• Income Support

• Income-based Jobseeker’s 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’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)

• Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit


Even if your child is in Early Years/Year 1/Year 2 and receives Universal Infant Free School Meals, please continue to register for Free School Meals if you feel you are eligible as this will enable your child's school to claim valuable 'Pupil Premium' funding.  The school will also support eligible pupils with the purchasing of school uniform through the school. 


No one else will know you have registered and it will not affect any other benefits you are claiming.


Parents will still need to order these meals directly from Chartwell using the ParentPay app.


How to Apply for Free School Meals:


If you are in receipt of benefits and you think your child may be entitled to free school meals(even if they are already receiving Universal Infant Free School Meals) go to: