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Lydden Primary School

Lydden Primary School

School Dinners

School Meals


Our tasty meals are prepared offsite and delivered each day by CH&CO, formerly known as Principals. Lunches are served in the hall. 


CH&CO operate an online ordering system which enable parents and carers to choose the meals and dates they would like their child to have a school dinner.


CH&CO website CH&CO | Parent Portal (



Universal Free School Meals (UFSM) 


All children in Foundation Stage, Year 1 and Year 2, nationally are entitled to a free school meal each day. This is known as the Universal Free School Meal offer.


Free School Meals (FMS)


In addition to Universal Free School Meals, there is a separate scheme named Free School Meals (FSM) which is means tested and available to eligible children from Reception through to Year 6.  The scheme not only entitles your child to a free school dinner, but it allocates Pupil Premium funding to the school to provide additional opportunities for your child.


Free School Meals - Do you qualify?


You must receive one of these benefits to qualify:

  • Universal Credit - if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)
  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guarantee element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you're not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit


Registering your child only takes a few moments and does not affect any other benefits.  All information is treated confidentially.


Free School Meals - apply here:  Register for Free School Meals


Paid Meals


Unless your child is in receipt of Universal Free School Meals (UFSM), or Free School Meals (FSM), the current price for a school dinner is £2.25 and payment is required when placing the order.  You can also easily top up your balance online.


Packed Lunches


If you prefer, you can provide a packed lunch for your child. Food must be brought to school in a suitable container marked with your child’s name. No glass containers, cans or fizzy drinks should be brought to school; drinks should be in non-breakable plastic containers.


We promote a healthy lifestyle and ask that you provide a healthy balanced packed lunch, avoiding sweet items, such as chocolate. Please include a main savoury item, such as a sandwich, quiche or pasty, as well as fruit and a drink each day. Food that is not eaten during the mealtime and any wrappers will be packed back in the lunchbox and brought home. This gives you an indication of how well your child is eating and allows you to judge how much food you need to pack for your child.