You can pay online for your child’s school meals. To find out more visit our Online Payments System in the Parents section.

Menus change weekly, and are on a 3 week rota:


updated 2020/11

Menu Rotation dates (listed below)

Week 1 Menu

23rd November
14th December
18th January
8th February
8th March
29th March


Week 2 Menu
30th November
4th January
25th January
2nd February
15th March

Week 3 Menu
7th December
11th January
1st February
1st March
22nd March

The Canteen is also open every Monday and Wednesday after school 3.15-4:30pm, selling hot and cold snacks, drinks and cakes.

The school meal deal price has increased to £2.30 with effect from 1st September 2018. This means that, for students receiving free school meals, their entitlement will also be £2.30. There will continue to be an emphasis on healthy eating.

Free School Meals eligibility
Children whose parents receive the following support payments are entitled to receive free meals:

  • Income Support (IS)
  • Income Based Jobseekers Allowance (IBJSA)
  • Employment Support Allowance (Income Related)
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit, and have an annual income, as assessed by HM Revenue and Customs, that does not exceed £16,190. Parents who receive Working Tax Credit in addition to Child Tax Credit do not qualify for free school meals.
  • Guarantee element of State Pension Credit

Children who receive IS or IBJSA in their own right are also entitled to receive free school meals.

If you qualify under any of the above rulings, please collect a free school meals application form from the school office and return the completed form, together with the relevant documentary evidence (Income Book, or Tax Credits Award Notice Form TC602). If you are unsure, please ring the school office - 01590 677033.

Did you know … just registering your child for Free School Meals means that the school gets extra money?
Register now to make sure we don’t miss out.
The Government is giving money to schools to help children from lower income families do their very best.
This funding is called a ‘Pupil Premium’.

How is money paid in to the Kitchen system?

  • By putting cash - notes (£20, £10, £5) and coins (£2, £1, 50p, 20p, 10p), into automatic cash ‘revaluation' terminals located at the 2 main entrances to the Nichols dining hall. (Please note, these machnes are not active during the current Coronavirus situation, please use the methods below)
  • By using Tucasi SCOPay Online Payment, a secure internet site enabling payment by debit or credit card. Further information here
  • By cheque payable to Priestlands School. Any cheque value can be paid into your child's account: you can pay for a term, month or week at a time. Cheques must be in a sealed envelope, with the student's name and tutor group clearly marked and posted in the ‘cheque mail box' in the Nichols dining hall. If a cheque is to cover more than one student, the name and form group for each student must be identified, together with the breakdown of the total value to be applied to each account.

How can we be sure that a regular amount of money is used daily?

There is a daily spending limit of £5 for each student. No food above this limit can be bought. On request, a lower limit can be set.

What happens if a student or member of staff does not hold a sufficient cash balance to pay for food?

There is no overdraft facility on the system. Students and staff must have enough money in their accounts to purchase food or drink.

How is the entitlement to a free school meal handled?

The system works exactly the same for all students whether they pay themselves or have a free school meal. The amount allocated for a free school meal will be credited daily by the software. Any under-spend or missed dinner will be identified by the system and will be added to the next day's balance. Any under-spend accumulated that week will be cleared at the end of Friday service. Students entitled to a free school meal can add money to their account in the same way as other students.

September 2018: We are excited to announce this year we are bringing the catering services in house. This means that we have full control over the menu and portion sizes. We will be running the service as a cost neutral operation to ensure we give best possible value to students. There will be an emphasis on healthy eating and being environmentally friendly.