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School Dinners

Lympne School has meals provided by Caterlink who cook the delicious meals on site.

Please click on the image below to pay for your child's school dinners.



Children in KS1 - Willow, Maple and Cherry are entitled to a free meal each day. Parents wishing to purchase a meal for children in KS2 - Beech, Sycamore, Oak and Elm need to follow the link above and pay in the usual fashion.

Free fruit is provided for KS1 children, and KS2 children are welcome to bring their own fruit. 

No sweets are allowed in school

We are also a Nut Free School - please see attached policy here.

Usual arrangements are described below

The lunch break is between midday and 1.00 p.m.  Children may either:

  1. bring in a healthy packed lunch (preferably in a named self-contained lunch box/bag, no breakable flasks please and only water  to drink). As a school we do not police the contents of the lunchboxes, however we do request that children bring in a healthy lunch.
  2. purchase a school lunch which is cooked on site (menus available from the office). KS1 pupils can access a Universal Free School Meal should they wish. 

All children can be provided with a drink of water at lunchtime.

We are more than happy for children to change from packed lunch to school dinners as you see fit. It is helpful to know this as much as

Universal Infant Free School Meals

From September 2014 all Key Stage 1 children in Year R, 1 and 2 have been entitled to a free school meal as part of an initiative introduced by the previous government. This means that if you have a child in Willow, Maple or Cherry Class they will be eligible for a free school dinner.

Key Stage 2 children will continue to pay for their meals as before at a rate of £2.35 from this September.

Alternatively, packed lunches can be brought in from home. In the interest of health generally, children are allowed to eat fruit or vegetables at break time. All Key Stage 1 children receive free fruit.

For advice about healthy packed lunch boxes please click on the link below.

 Important Information regarding School Dinners and Free School Meals

Universal Infant Free School Meals (UIFSM) and Free School Meals (FSM)

Please find below a few facts which you may find useful and which might answer some of your questions.


  1. UIFSM are not the same as Free School Meals (FSM). Although using similar terminology can be very confusing! FSM are for those children whose family may not have the financial means to pay for their meals- there are various criteria which need to be met and once they are the child will be entitled to Free School Meals regardless of their age.
  2. If you think that you might meet the criteria for FSM then you will be able to apply on line and should be able to get an instant decision. (More details will be available regarding this soon). Alternatively you can speak to Mrs Farmer in the office who is able to assist in this area.
  3. Any child who is eligible for FSM also attracts additional funding (Pupil Premium)to help that child at school - £1300, so of course for schools and pupils it is really helpful that parents continue to  apply for FSM.
  4. We would strongly encourage you to still apply for FSM if you think you might be eligible, even if your child is going to get a free infant school meal.  This will not only attract extra funding for the school and your child it will also ensure that when your child moves to the junior section of the school (KS2) they will continue to get a free school meal. 
  5. If you do not apply for FSM, when your child moves to KS2 they will no longer get a free school meal as the new scheme of UIFSM only applies to Key Stage One– Years R, 1 and 2 and the school will miss out on extra funding.
  6. Children already receiving FSM will be unaffected by this change to the meals.


  1. From September 2014 all children in Year R, 1 and 2 have been entitled to a free school meal (UIFSM) however this does not mean that these children have to have a school dinner they can still have a packed lunch.