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You can apply for Free School Meals here.

Boxted St Peter’s catering team is supported by the Essex School Meals Support Service. They provide us with menus designed to meet the Department for Education (DfE) standards for school food.

The DfE standards specify the number of times particular items/products can be served in any one week – our menus are designed to capture children’s tastes as well as offer items that support the educational development for trying different foods, choice & balance and school staff supporting pupils to make healthier choices throughout the week.

Menus should be viewed within the DfE framework of food choices across a 5 day week and not to study days in isolation regarding balance.

Pupils who are entitled to either Free School Meals or, in the case of KS1 pupils, Universal Free School Meals, can, and should, still use the online system to order meals.  You will not be charged.

Paper copies of the menu will be available in reception if required.  Orders and payments can still be made via the office if preferred however, we would encourage you as far as possible to use the online system for both ordering and payments.

Menus Summer 2 2024
If you have any queries, please speak to a member of the office staff.

Please note, as from April we will be changing our online payment provider to Parent Pay.  You can still order meals up to and including 3rd April on the Eduspot School Money system.  However, from 23rd March, you will be able to order meals for the summer term using the new Parent Pay system.  Please refer to our letter dated 20th February for more details.

To order and pay for your lunches up to 3rd April visit

Free School Meals

Free School Meals are different to the Universal Free School Meals which are provided to children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2.  Free School Meals are allocated according to family income and therefore, are available to any child that qualifies, regardless of their age.

The school receives vital funding, called Pupil Premium, for any child that is, or has been, entitled to Free School Meals.  The school uses this funding to support and enhance the learning of those pupils.  It is therefore, extremely important to register for entitlement to free school meals, regardless of the year group that your child is in – this is so we can receive the additional Pupil Premium funding  and support your child accordingly.

Children are entitled to Free School Meals if their parents, carers or guardians receive any of the following:

  • Income support
  • Income-Based Job Seeker’s Allowance
  • Income-Related Employment and Support Allowance
  • The Guarantee Element of State Pension Credit (Guarantee Credit)
  • Support under part V1 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Child Tax Credit, if you have an annual taxable income (as assessed by H M Revenue and Customs) which does not exceed £16,190

You can apply for Free School Meals here.