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⚠ Please note Dudley is a nut-free zone because of children with severe allergies.

At Dudley our schools meals are provided by Chartwells catering.


Eating in school should be a pleasurable experience for pupils and this is something that we aim for here at the academy. The School Food Standards are designed to help children develop healthy eating habits, and ensure that they have the energy and nutrition they need to get the most from their whole school day.

The food-based standards specify which types of food should be served at school and how often.

A child’s healthy, balanced diet should consist of:

  • plenty of fruit and vegetables
  • plenty of unrefined starchy foods
  • some meat, fish, eggs, beans and other non-dairy sources of protein
  • some milk and dairy foods
  • a small amount of food and drink high in fat, sugar and salt

The Foods Standards information poster, includes useful information to help children develop healthy eating habits and ensure that they get the energy and nutrition they need across the whole school day.   

Food Standards Poster

Each morning signs are placed on the blackboard in the playground stating the meal choices for the day. These are outlined in red, green and yellow. The children decide on their meal and when the register is called in class they tell the teacher which colour they have chosen. This information is then passed to the Academy kitchen.

Free school meals

From September 2014 all pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 in state-funded schools will be eligible for free schools meals. Further information can be found on the East Sussex County Council website.

East Sussex County Council Free School Meals 

For other children, free school meals can be provided to parents or carers if they are in receipt of any of the following benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Child Tax Credit (provided they are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190, as assessed by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • During the initial roll out of the benefit, Universal Credit

Anyone entitled to Working Tax Credit is not entitled to free meals regardless of income.

Children will continue to receive free school meals if they meet the existing eligibility criteria and are in receipt of full-time education or education both before and after the lunch period