English Martyrs Catholic

Primary School

A Learning Community in Christ

School Meals

Hot Meals

Hot meals at our school are provided by Chartwells, contracted by West Sussex County Council.  If your child will be in Reception, Year 1 or Year 2 you are entitled to Universal Infant Free School Meals. The school will order these meals directly from Chartwells. This will include any promotional/festive special meal.


If your child is in Year 3 or above and you would like them to have a hot dinner, please go to to register, book and pay for meals. 


How to Order

All meals must be ordered a full week in advance of the week that they are required. So, for example, if a hot meal is required for any day during the week commencing 26th September, the order must be placed and pre-paid either on-line by midnight Sunday 18 September, or alternatively by telephone to the Chartwells office by 3pm Friday 16 September.


How to Pay

Hot meals cost £2.52 each which must be pre-paid. Payment can be made by credit or debit card via their special hotline on 0845 603 7998 or go on-line to

(Minimum order by phone £11.00)


Free School Meals and the Pupil Premium

Even if your child is in Year 3 and above they may still be eligible to receive free school meals which could save you more than £450 a year, and for every child registered, our school will also receive £1,320 this year. The Government is giving money to schools to help children from lower income families do their very best. This funding is called a ‘Pupil Premium’ and it is allocated to schools for all children who successfully apply for free schools meals. No one will know you have registered and it will not affect any other benefits you are claiming.

This money is essential in supporting all that the school! Please talk to us about registering your child today.


How does it work?

1. First, check if you qualify – please check the list below.
2. Registering is really quick and easy – if you think you qualify, then do any of the following:

  • Download the form below
  • Ring the school office 01903 502868 for advice
  • Visit the school office and ask for a form
  • Ring the Local Authority on 01243 752835 / 752838 or visit (search for Free School Meals application) for more information.

3. If you want your child to have a free, healthy meal at lunchtime that’s great – they will get the free
meal (saving you more than £450 a year), extra benefits and the school gets £1320 extra.
4. If you don’t want your child to have the school meals they can continue as normal – as long as you qualify and are registered, the school still gets £1,320 extra.


Do you qualify?

You can register your child for Free School Meals if you get any of these benefits:

  • Universal Credit with an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400
  • Child Tax Credit (with no Working Tax Credit) with an annual income of no more than £16,190
  • Working Tax Credit run-on (paid for the four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guarantee element of Pension Credit

Come and talk to us if you’re not sure or ring the Local Authority on 01243 752835.