Scartho Infants'

School and Nursery

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School Meals

 Universal Infant Free School Meals


With effect from 1st September 2014 all infant children are entitled to receive a free school meal through the Government's Universal Free School Meal Scheme.


The hot school meal that we provide is through N.E.L.C.'s contract with Chartwells. We cater for vegetarian diets, diets required by a family’s religion and some medical conditions. Their website ordering address is  or call 01908 615705 for any further information



Ordering Your Child's School Meals


Meals must be ordered at least 2 weeks in advance. Even though your child's meal will be free the meals have to be pre-ordered. Your order must be received each Sunday on the Chartwells meal ordering system for meals starting the week on Monday. Any ordering enquiries should be directed to Chartwells  for assistance.


If your child has any medically diagnosed dietary requirements then please contact Chartwells (01908 615705) before any meals are ordered, to enable them to cater for your child's individual needs.


Parents who prefer their child to have a packed lunch from home should provide it in a suitable container, clearly marked on the outside with the child's name. Please note that the school has no facilities to refrigerate packed lunches. We recommend their storage in a 'cool bag' type of container, particularly during the summer months. Don't forget to include a spoon for yoghurt type foods!


Healthy Packed Lunches

Scartho Infants’ School & Nursery  is well aware of the devastating effects a poor diet can have on a child’s confidence and future – and so we want to help parents to make the right choices about what they choose for their child to eat. Within the school we continually strive to promote Healthy Eating. Therefore, we kindly ask that you refrain from sending your child to school with fizzy drinks, sweets and chocolate bars in their packed lunches. Any item found in the confectionary aisle of a supermarket, such as KitKat, are not permitted in school.

We also ask that food sent in packaging is easy to open as this helps the children to learn a sense of independence and also allows them to have as much time to eat their lunch as possible. 

To prevent the risk of choking, grapes must be cut in half long ways.

As we also have a number of children in school with severe nut allergies, and so the school is completely nut free. This includes peanut butter and chocolate spreads, so please do not send your child to school with any of these.


The only drinks allowed to be brought from home in a 'packed lunch' are those in a disposable container e.g. carton or in a leak proof refillable bottle. Water is available for all the children. The school is committed to a philosophy of healthy eating and although we respect that the choice of content of packed lunches lies with the parent we may contact you if we are in any way concerned about the contents.


Please note that if a school meal has been pre-ordered and your child is sent to school with a pack-up, then the school meal will be given to your child to eat.





N.B. If your family are currently in receipt of one of the following then please contact the school office for a Pupil Premium Funding form:

Income Support

Job Seekers Allowance (Income Based)


Child Tax Credit with annual income of less than £16,190 (as assessed by Tax Credits) **Please note if you receive both Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit, you do not qualify for Free School Meals.

Guarantee Credit

Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999



If you think you may be eligible for the "old style" Free School Meals, please pop in to reception for a Pupil Premium Funding form.  The school could be entitled to extra funding and eligible families will be supported with paying for school trips, a before or after-school clubs.