Cardwell Primary School


Mutual Respect, Resilience,
Ambition; Compassion and Community

School Dinner


School Dinner Arrangements 

Children will have the opportunity to have a hot school lunch over a staggered lunch in the dinner hall. 

From September 2014 all children in year Reception, 1 and 2 in state-funded schools in England will receive school meals. All children in the Reception, Year 1 & Year 2, will automatically receive a school meal without charge.

From the new Autumn term, commencing September 2023, all children in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 living in Greater London will be offered Free School Meals as well in response to the rising cost of living, the Mayor of London has made a commitment that every primary school child is entitled to a Free School Meal. .

School food standards provide an essential nutritional safety net, ensuring children have access to the energy and nutrients they need.  They are of particular importance for those pupils for whom school lunch may be the main meal of the day. Chartwell's Schools menu's are designed to be nutritious seasonal menus, lovingly created by our team of talented chefs and dedicated nutritionists, who make sure the menus are packed with all the ingredients children need to grow strong and healthy. They also cater for children with allergies and intolerances, so they can feel safe and included with their friends whilst eating school meals. 

We ask parents to keep in contact with the school office if they would like to change from dinner's to packed lunch and ask them if notice could be given at the beginning of each half term but the children will also have the opportunity to confirm with the class teacher on the day if this has changed.

On 1st January 2012 the school adopted a strict NO DEBT policy relating to school meals. Money owed affects the school overall budget and must be settled promptly.

School Dinner Menu For Autumn / Winter 2023 - 2024




FSM Eligibility

If you receive a qualifying benefit and you have a child in primary or secondary school, you may be able to get free school meals, school clothing grants or school journey grants for your child. 

The Pupil Benefits Team will work out what support you can get.

You should include all the children in your household on the application form even if they are currently below school age. 

Apply Now For FSM, Clothing and Schooling Trip Grants

To get free school meals, your child must attend a school within the Royal Borough of Greenwich. If your child attends a school in another borough you will need to apply to the relevant council or school directly. 

All children automatically get free school meals when they are in: 

  • Reception 
  • Year 1 
  • Year 2

If you are on a qualifying benefit you should still complete an application form because your school will get extra money from the government.  

This money could go towards things like extra tuition, learning assistants and after-school activities. 

Children Of Groups Who Have No Recourse To Public Funds Eligibility

Free school meals have been temporarily extended to include some children of groups who have NRPF.

These groups are:

  • children of Zambrano carers (a non-UK citizen giving primary care to a British citizen child, which grants them limited leave to enter or remain in the UK under the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS))
  • children of families with no recourse to public funds with a right to remain in the UK on grounds of private and family life under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights
  • children of families receiving support under Section 17 of the Children Act 1989 who are also subject to a no recourse to public funds restriction.

These groups are subject to a maximum household income threshold of £31,500 per year for London, and £28,200 for areas outside of London.

Read more about free school meals for NRPF groups and check if you're eligible

For more information about FSM, Clothing and school trips grants.

FSM, Clothing and school trips grant