School Meals

School meals cost £2.55 per day, £12.75 per week, (September 2023 prices) for children in years 3 to 6 who are not in receipt of free school meals (all children in Reception and years 1 and 2 receive the government funded Universal Infant Free School Meals). Parents of children in all years are required to set up an online account with ParentPay in order to book and pay for (where applicable) school meals for their child. Meals are payable at the time of ordering and should be booked at least a week in advance to enable the kitchen to order ingredients. Parents can choose how far ahead to order, up to a maximum of 10 weeks ahead (note that you can still change any meal choices up to a week before the meal). If you do not order a school meal on any particular day, we will assume your child will bring a packed lunch from home.

Healthy Snack Biscuit

Your child is welcome to bring a piece of fruit or veg for a mid-morning snack but there is also the opportunity to purchase one of Mr Ball’s homemade healthy biscuits. These cost 20p each and are booked and paid for via ParentPay by midnight the night before.

Free School Meals

Lightcliffe is a ‘Healthy School’ and promotes healthy eating throughout the school day. We are firm believers in the benefits of having a well-balanced meal at lunchtime and would like to remind parents that free school meals may be available for some children. Parents do not have to pay for school lunches if they receive any of the following:

  • 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 guaranteed 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 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • 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)

Your child may also get free school meals if you get any of these benefits and your child is both:

  • Younger than the compulsory age for starting school
  • In full-time education

Children who receive any of the qualifying benefits listed above in their own right are also eligible to receive free school meals. If you would like any further information, please contact the Local Authority benefits section on 01422 357257. If you require advice or further information, please contact the school office, who will be happy to help you.

Food Allergies and intolerances

If you have any questions about menus or queries relating to your child’s dietary requirements, please speak to the School Office.


Please download our menus from the links below: