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Witchampton CofE First School

School Meals

In line with current legislation, if your child is in Reception, Year 1 or Year 2, they are entitled to Universal Infant Free School Meals. You do not need to register, your child is automatically entitled.

If your child is in Year 3 or Year 4, you can order hot meals, payable directly to Chartwells. However, parents/carers are not obligated to do so and some children do bring in a packed lunch.

Chartwells is our provider of hot meals. They provide catering services to over 1500 primary schools. Each school meal is prepared fresh every day by a dedicated team of chefs and kitchen staff, and offers a healthy and tasty meal to support pupils’ development in school.

Chartwells recognise they have a responsibility to protect and improve the health and wellbeing of our children. This is why they have a dedicated nutrition team to ensure all of their school meals meet government standards for healthy eating.

Applying for free school meals


If you are entitled to free school meals, it is really important that you register that entitlement at Dorset for You, even if you do not wish your child to receive the meals. If a child is registered, their siblings will not be automatically registered. This process has to be gone through for each child. This can be done at any time of the year and is a very simple process. it really only takes moments to do.

The school receives Pupil Premium funding for each pupil registered and does so for six more years once eligibility ceases! This is not additional funding; it is the government’s way of targeting funding in schools according to need; that is why it is so important to us that all who are entitled do register.

Simply telephone Dorset County Council on 01305 221014 and give your National Insurance number and your child's date of birth. You will be told immediately if you are eligible and the next, very simple, steps in the process.

Alternatively, more information about the process and eligibility can be found at: