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Lunch Menus + Snacks

The school offers a three week lunch menu provided by Hertfordshire Catering Limited and served under the supervision of Midday Supervisory Assistants. Children are encouraged to try a little of all the food on their plates.

The children select their meal each morning with a hot meat (red) option, a hot vegetarian (green) option,  jacket potato (blue) option or a cold packed lunch (yellow) option.

If your child has a food allergy you will need to complete HCL's allergy menu application. Children with a food allergy will not be able to have a school meal until the application has been completed and approved.

For pupils in Years 3-6 the price of a school meal is £2.60 per day, paid half-termly within the first five days of each half term. The school’s preferred method of payment is via School Gateway. 

To arrange school meals or change your current arrangements please contact the school office.


Free school meals

All children in Reception to Year 2 are entitled to free school meals.

If your child is in Years 3-6 and you believe they may be entitled to free school meals or for education benefits, either:

  • apply online;
  • contact the school office; or
  • contact the Helpline on 0300 123 4048 (lines are open Monday to Friday from 8am-8pm and Saturdays from 9am-4pm. Lines are closed on Sundays and public holidays. Calls to the 0300 cost no more than a national rate call to a 01 or 02 number.

Packed Lunches

Lunches should be brought to school in a suitable strong container with your child’s name and class clearly marked on the front.

At Richard Whittington we promote healthy living and we ask for your support in encouraging your child to eat healthily by supplying them with a healthy packed lunch.  Nuts (including peanut butter), sweets, chocolates and fizzy drinks are not permitted, though a chocolate bar such as a kit-kat is acceptable.


At Richard Whittington Primary School we encourage the children to have a balanced diet and to make healthy lifestyle choices. As part of this we have healthy snacks at break time (fruit, vegetables, healthy cereal bars). In KS1 the children are given a snack so parents/ carers don't need to send one in. In KS2 parents will need to provide one for their child.


We encourage the children to drink lots of water to keep them hydrated. There are many times through the day when they can access their water bottles or water fountains.