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St Swithuns CE Primary School

School Meals

Fresh Start

Fresh Start our catering provider is a local owner managed independent company. They pride themselves on quality and freshness, with a fundamental philosophy of sustainability, working with great local suppliers using fresh seasonal food. All meals are cooked from scratch on site using fresh ingredients. They are passionate about food and will work closely with the school providing bespoke menus to meet the needs of the school. This commitment to sustainability very much aligns with the school’s own values and ethos.

We offer a tempting new variety of meals which are tasty, healthy and nutritious. With the exciting addition of a ‘Deli’ option! All our menus of course, are fully compliant with the governments School Food Plan and we will continue to ensure that the needs of children with special dietary requirements are met.

What’s on the Menu

Choice of 4 meal options a day:

  • Hot Main Meal – Meat or Vegetarian option. Meat Free day on Monday and Fish on a Friday.

  •  Deli Option (various fillings).

  •  Jacket Potato/Pasta (various fillings/sauces).

All served with seasonal vegetables or a selection from the salad bar. Fresh homemade bread will be available every day.

  •  A healthy homemade hot and cold desert will be served daily and cut fresh seasonal fruit will be available to all children.

Menus will be rotated over a 3-week cycle and can be found here:

Lunch Menu


Meals cost £2.50 per day

There will of course be no charge for meals for children from Reception to Year 2 and children who are on income related Free School Meals (please check our website to see if you qualify for this).

Free School Meal Info

Ordering School Meals Online

Fresh Start manage meal order choices and payments directly with parents through a new Meal Manager Application, the link can be found below: 

Welcome - Fresh Start Meal Manager (

  •  Meals can no longer be ordered via ParentMail Pay.
  • Deadline - you must order main meals by 9 am on Thursday the week before you wish your child to have a meal. The deadline for ordering meals for the week beginning 3rd June is 9 am on Thursday 30th May.

  • Late Orders - there is a late ordering system which allows you to place an order online up until 9 am on the day and for the remainder of the week - you can order the deli option, jacket potato/pasta (not a main meal).

  • If you wish to make alterations or cancel a meal, we ask for them to be made before 9 am on Thursday the week before you need the change to be made.

  • Meals must be paid for as you go along unless your child is in Reception, Year 1 or 2 or on income based Free School Meals. In this case, meals are automatically free and you can order meals for the whole term if you wish or week by week. Paid meals are £2.50.

  • Allergies - if your child has food allergies you must complete the Allergy Section on the Meal Manager Application.


    Fresh Start have a fully dedicated support line to contact if needed:

    01280 360653 

      Fresh Start Catering | Better School Dinners

The school office is still available to help if needed. 

Packed Lunches

Some of our children prefer to bring their own packed lunch into school.  We encourage parents to provide a healthy lunch with no fizzy drinks or chocolates/sweets.

We have children with severe nut allergies in school, so please do not pack anything that contains nuts, this includes chocolate spread and some cereal bars.  St Swithun’s is a “nut free” school. 


We do not allow children to bring in sweets, chocolates or fizzy drinks.  We encourage children to bring in fruit as a healthy option.

Free School Meals

You may be entitled to free school meals if you are receiving one of the following benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Job Seekers Allowance (income based)
  • Child Tax Credit (as long you do not receive working tax credit & earn less than  £16, 040)
  • State Pension
  • Asylum Support Service (NASS)
  • Income related employment & support allowance

For more information please ask Mrs Katy Warne in the school office.


Is your child eligible for free school meals?  All children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are now entitled to a universal offer of free school meals.  Many children in Years 3 to 6 may also be eligible.

Whichever year group your child is in, if he/she is entitled to free school meals anyway (regardless of the universal offer) you still need to apply and register entitlement, please, because all children who are entitled to Free School Meals due to their family circumstances bring an additional £1,320 into the school budget to support their learning experiences at school.  This money is known as Pupil Premium Funding and enables us to plan and support learning opportunities for these children. Free School Meal Info