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Our Lady and St. Patrick's Catholic Primary School Part of the Mater Christi Multi-Academy Trust

School Meals

Our School Lunches

Lunchtime at Our Lady & St Patrick's

Lunchtime is an extremely important part of our busy school day. At Our Lady & St Patrick's, children may bring their own packed lunch or enjoy one of our excellent, healthy school meals. 


Our school meal provider is 'Caterlink'.


Parents & Carers can order school meals and pay online via School Gateway, with meals being selected and ordered from home for the week in advance 


If you have any questions or need help with school meals, please contact the school office. 


  • The cost of a school dinner is £2.53 per day (£12.65 per week)
  • Children in  Reception, Year 1 and 2 are automatically entitled to free school meals ('Universal Free School Meals')
  • For other year groups, free school meals can be applied for using the form at the bottom of this page.


More information for parents & carers is available on the Caterlink website - please simply click the link below to find out more...


Our School Lunch Menus

How our school meals system works


Daily Choices:

 School meals should be pre-ordered from home for the week ahead. 


At Lunchtime:

Children select their name on the i-pad screen at the serving hatch. Their meal choice is displayed to the cook, along with details of any dietary needs.


Pre-Ordering on Line:

Parents should pre-order children's meals online and pay for all meals in advance on School Gateway. This facility allows parents to pre-order for up to a term at a time.


Allergen information:

In line with requirements, Caterlink ensures that allergen information is available for parents when selecting their child’s meal on-line. Alternatively, Caterlink's area manager and the school catering team are on hand to answer any queries or requests for further information about their recipes.


Healthy Eating:

Our school dinners provide a very healthy choice and the best way of ensuring your child has a good balanced meal at lunch time. There's always a wide choice of menu options on offer, so even the fussiest eaters can find something tasty and nutritious to enjoy each day!


Vegetarian options are available every day and all dietary needs and intolerances can be catered for.

Packed Lunches

🥗 The school meals provided by our kitchen are specially designed to be healthy and nutritionally balanced, to suit the needs of growing children.

🍏 However, we also recognise that some families prefer their child to have a packed lunch from home, so we encourage parents and carers to provide a tasty and healthy packed lunch.

🥗 It is so important for children's physical and mental growth and wellbeing, as they grow and develop, to provide a healthy option for your child's packed lunch each day.

🍎 Children only really two or three items in their lunch each day:

     ▪️A sandwich / pasta salad, or other main item
     ▪️Some fruit
     ▪️A yoghurt
    ▪️You may also want to give them an additional item, such as cheese or       vegetable sticks (the odd packet of crisps is ok as a treat now and then too!)

There are some good websites which offer useful advice on what to put in a healthy lunchbox for children - please follow the links below, for more ideas about how to make your child's packed lunch as healthy as possible...

Free School Meals


If you think you may be eligible for support with paying for School Meals, please see the information below. 


You can contact the Local Authority directly, by following the link, and find out immediately if you are eligible for Free School Meals. If you are eligible, it is quick and easy to apply online, again by following the link below.


If you need any help with Free School Meals please contact our school office, who will be happy to assist you, on (01900) 812582.

Please click the link below to find out if you are eligible, and to apply for Free School Meals