Bishop Ian Ramsey Church of England Primary School

School meals

All children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 can receive free school meals as part of the Government Universal Infant Free School Meal scheme. Pupils may also be entitled to Free School Meals based on their family income. Please contact Mrs Guest in the School Office to arrange to apply for this. All information is held in strict confidence.



We are proud to work with Chartwells Schools for your children’s school meals. Chartwells believe that the key to fuelling young minds comes from understanding both what they need and what they enjoy, which is why they develop nutritious and delicious food that pupils love, alongside helping to ensure a healthy body and mind. Their passionate chefs work closely with us to ensure every child receives a nutritionally balanced meal at school, perfectly suited to meet their needs and dietary requirements.

They create menus that are delicious, seasonal and healthy, using carefully selected ingredients, helping to reduce waste and build a more sustainable world for our future generations.



Chartwells Schools dedicates time and resources to education surrounding mental and physical wellbeing, including nutrition and food habits, to encourage our pupils to engage with, learn, and enjoy food while developing crucial social skills. Chartwells’ Food Super Heroes make food education fun, whatever the age, and their tasty theme days encourage children to make the most of their school meal.



To find out more about Chartwells, visit their website.


Medical Diets

We know that feeding children with food allergies or intolerance can cause a lot of anxiety for both parents and schools. That’s why Chartwells have implemented a market-leading allergens process, and make sure every step is taken to ensure that our students can enjoy school meals safely with their friends.

More information on their medical diet process can be found here.

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We are a ‘cashless’ school and therefore cannot accept cash or cheques for payments. Please could all parents or carers pay for dinner money weekly using ParentPay. Mrs Guest is able to provide access codes and log in details so that this can be set up. The two course school lunch costs £2.50 per day.



Chartwells have provided some handy FAQs below:

What is included in a school meal?

Every day, you can be assured that a school meal will offer:

  • At least two portions of fruit and vegetables
  • Dairy food items rich in calcium for strong bones and teeth
  • Starchy carbohydrates to provide energy
  • A protein source to support the body’s growth and repair.


Can a cold lunch be provided instead of a hot meal?

Absolutely! Our cold lunches are made fresh each day and are designed to be both tasty and nutritious, ensuring that children enjoy a balanced and satisfying meal.


How do I order and pay for school meals?

All children in the UK in Reception, Year 1 or Year 2 are entitled to a delicious hot or cold meal for FREE. From Year 3 (KS2), your child may still be eligible for free school meals, simply visit to check. Schools may have an online facility that allows you to order your children’s meals (ParentPay). If your child is in KS2 and above, then ParentPay will allow you to order and pay for meals. See the school office for further support with this.


What if my child has an allergy or special diet?

Our primary objective is to keep our pupils - your children – safe every day when enjoying their school meals. We take allergies very seriously and, supported by our robust Medical Diet Policy, we’ve taken every step to ensure that as many children as possible living with food allergies and intolerance can eat safely at school with their friends. To find out more please email:


Spring Term 2024 Menus


Bishop Ian Ramsey CE Primary School is part of the Durham Diocesan MAT. Durham Diocesan MAT is a company limited by guarantee (company number 10847279) and exempt charity registered in England and Wales at The Cai Building (fourth floor), Coble Dene, Royal Quays, North Shields, NE29 6DE.