Newcastle City Council offers a healthy and exciting lunch option for your child. Free school meals are available for any eligible child who attends a mainstream school or academy on a full time basis. To find out more - or apply online - please visit Newcastle City Council or see more information below.
Our award-winning team provide nutritionally well-balanced meals to schools across Newcastle. Our menus include different choices each day and always include a vegetarian option. We also cater for a variety of dietary requirements including needs related to allergens, gluten free and diabetes.
All our menus follow the government guidelines in the School Food Plan. These standards from the Department for Education ensure that meals are healthy, nutritious and appealing.
All of our meals are prepared fresh daily on site, and most of our ingredients are sourced locally. Our service has been annually awarded the Soil Association Food for Life Catering Bronze Award for our efforts.
The following is from the website of Newcastle City Council - and all references below are about them:
Your child may be eligible for Free School Meals through a variety of different eligibility criteria. Please read the relevant sections for more information.
Please note, Free School Meal vouchers are distributed by schools over the holidays; School Admissions cannot assist with any queries if you have not received them. You will need to speak to your school directly.
Types of Free School Meals and eligibility criteria
Newcastle City Council operates an Apply Once process for Free School Meals. During your child's academic life you will only ever have to apply once for Free School Meals while they attend a Newcastle school.
If your application is refused, we will continue to check your details on a weekly basis, unless you tell us to stop. This means we will know if you start to get a qualifying benefit. We will approve your child’s free school meals application and contact you.
You do not need to reapply if your child is moving schools but if you are moving from another local authority please complete the form so we can record your details. You will not receive multiple responses if you apply more than once.
We will write with the outcome of your application within 20 school days if you apply using a paper version of the Free School Meal form. If your child gets free school meals, we will tell you and your child’s school what date they will start.
If you apply through the online portal, you will receive an immediate response to your application. Schools will be informed of your child's Free School Meal application on a weekly basis.
If you have any free school meal queries please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
How we will keep and use your personal details
We will keep your personal details on our secure computer system and use them to check if your child should get Free School Meals. They may also be used if you apply for free school travel.
We won’t share your personal details with anyone else. We will let your child’s school know the outcome of your Free School Meal application.
You can ask for your details to be changed or deleted. This may mean your child stops getting Free School Meals. We will need to check any new details you give us.
We will keep your details in line with our retention policy. If you have any questions, contact us.
To complete an application for Free School Meals please access the Citizens Portal using the link below:
You will receive the outcome of your application immediately when making an application through the portal.