The provider of lunches at Hawley is Caterlink. Healthy and nutritious meals are prepared and served with ethically sourced meat and fish, and locally and regionally sourced fruit and vegetables. All meals are freshly cooked daily, by our school cook, who is skilled in catering for a range of dietary needs.
Cost of School Meals
All children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 can get school meals for free. These are funded for by the government under Universal Free School Meals.
For children in Nursery, Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 school meals cost £2.29 daily, payable on Parent Pay, UNLESS you have applied and been confirmed by Camden as eligible for benefits based Free School Meals.
Who should apply for Free School Meals
Everyone eligible should apply, regardless of school year. The scheme for Free School Meals covers all school aged children, including those in Nursery. You only need to apply once and any child who has been confirmed as eligible from 1 April 2018 will keep their Free School Meals eligibility until 31 March 2023, even if your circumstances change.
When a child is eligible for Free School Meals, the school receives extra funding which is called Pupil Premium. This funding helps us support the development of those most in need. Therefore, even if your child is in Reception, Year 1 or Year 2 and you do not pay for meals, you should still submit an application for Free School Meals if eligible.
What is the Eligibility criteria for Free School Meals?
Applications must be made in the name of the person who is receiving the benefit via this link: https://www.camden.gov.uk/free-school-meals
You or your child must receive one of the following to apply for Free School Meals:
- Universal Credit – your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including benefits)
- Income Support
- Income-based Job Seeker’s Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- The Guaranteed Element of State Pension Credit
- Support from the National Asylum Support Service (NASS)
- Child Tax Credit with a taxable income of no more than £16,190 and not in receipt of Working Tax Credit
If you receive Working Tax Credit you will not be entitled to free school meals unless you have:
- Stopped work in the last 4 weeks; or
- Reduced your hours to less than 16 hours in the last 4 weeks
If you have any questions or are unable to apply online, please download the form or come into the school office and we can give you a paper copy.
Click below to go directly to ParentPay to pay for school meals.
In April 2017, Hawley became one of Caterlink’s ‘adopted schools’. This scheme enables the school to work closely with a member of the company’s catering team who makes regular visit to the school. ‘Chef Jamie’ visits every half term. He leads assemblies and workshops, speaks to the children about food, nutrition, and making healthy choices and he also cooks with them.