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School Meals

Our catering provider here at Cromwell is Caterlink.

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To view the current menus, please select the relevant phase below:

Primary Phase Menu

The food children eat in school is very important for their education. Not only does a well-balanced diet help with general health but establishing healthy eating habits at a young age can give them knowledge for the future. We understand primary school children and their likes and dislikes so we tailor our menus to encourage maximum uptake.

Children who are in Reception, Year 1 or Year 2 are offered a free, healthy school lunch under the Universal Infant Free School Meals (UIFSM) government scheme. Children in Year 3 purchase their meals, unless they are eligible for income-related Free School Meals. There are hot meal and packed lunch options available every day which are £2.50 including a dessert. Meal selections for Primary children are made using the ParentMail app.

Schools receive additional funding when children are registered for free school meals, even if your child is in Reception, Year 1 or Year 2, so it is important to apply for free school meals if you are eligible. You can check your eligibility and apply online via the Cambridgeshire County Council Website HERE.

The Primary menus work on a 3 week cycle as follows: 

Week 1:  5 Sep / 25 Sep / 16 Oct / 13 Nov / 4 Dec

Week 2:  11 Sep / 2 Oct / 30 Oct / 20 Nov / 11 Dec

Week 3:  18 Sep / 9 Oct / 6 Nov / 27 Nov / 18 Dec

For children who have dairy allergies, soya products are used as replacements

cromwell primary updated menu autumn 23 .pdf

Years 7 - 13 Menu  

Cromwell operates a cafeteria-style canteen system for pupils in Year 7 - 13, which provides a wide choice of hot and cold food including a salad bar.

Please see below the weekly hot food menus for the Autumn Term 2023 for Years 7-13.

These work on a 3 week cycle as follows:

Week 1:  5 Sep / 25 Sep / 16 Oct / 13 Nov / 4 Dec

Week 2:  11 Sep / 2 Oct / 30 Oct / 20 Nov / 11 Dec

Week 3:  18 Sep / 9 Oct / 6 Nov / 27 Nov / 18 Dec

Gluten Free options are available every day. Prices are available to view on the last page.

cromwell secondary menu autumn 23.pdf



The Snack Shack  

The Snack Shack is open at breaktimes and lunchtimes.

Purchases can only be made using ID Cards

New ID Cards can be ordered via ParentMail if required

Free School Meals

If you are in receipt of certain benefits your child may be entitled to free school meals, saving you up to £450 per year per child. This scheme is available for school-age children and Post-16 students.

Did you know?

  • Families who are currently paying for school meals will save around £450 a year for each primary school child if they are entitled to free school meals.
  • Many schools have systems which mean it is impossible for other pupils to know who is receiving free school meals.
  • School children who are eligible for free school meals are entitled to a two-course meal worth approximately £2.50 each day. 
  • When you apply for free school meals, you will also allow your child's school to receive Pupil Premium, which is extra money to support children from families on lower incomes.
  • If your child is in receipt of universal infant free school meals (where your child is in Reception, Year 1 or Year 2), we recommend you apply if you believe you may be eligible for free school meals, because the protection will continue beyond Year 2.
  • Secondary school children who are entitled to free school meals might also qualify for help with school transport costs.
  • If you also have a 3 or 4 year old child who is in a free childcare place, they may also be eligible for Early Years Pupil Premium.

You can check your eligibility and apply online via the Cambridgeshire County Council Website HERE.

Click HERE to view the Government guidance for School Food in England.