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Children can either have a school dinner or bring a packed lunch. For administrative purposes, we ask that you make the choice for one or the other on a termly basis, complete the Change of meal request form (see pdf below or available at the school) and return to the school office.


School Dinner

From September 2023 to July 2024, all pupils entitled to education will have a free school meal. 


Hallfield has its own kitchen and meals are freshly prepared daily. There is a choice of main dish, salad and dessert. Water and milk are available at mealtime and children are not allowed to bring their own drinks.  The sample menu is included below. 


Universal Free School Meals for Reception, Year 1 and Year 2

All pupils in these year groups will receive a free school meal.


Free Meal offer from Westminster City Council for Nursery and Years 3 to 6

From September 2023, Westminster City Council is funding school meals to all pupils not entitled to Free School Meals.  Councillor's letter can be read at the end of this page. 


Free School Meals (means tested)

Mean tested Free school meals are only available to children whose parents are in receipt of eligible benefits.  Currently these children are also getting free school meal vouchers during holiday periods (update September 2023), and uniform vouchers for nursery and Year 6 pupils, so if you think you are entitled to type of Free School Meals, please apply.


Eligible benefits include –

  • Universal Credit with an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400.

  • Child Tax Credit (with no Working Tax Credit) with an annual income of no more than £16,190, as assessed by HMRC.

  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.

If you think you are entitled to Free School Meals, please go to


If the application is successful, you will receive an email advising you of your eligibility, and the start date.  You will also be asked to contact the school to make the necessary arrangements to order the meals.   


Where an application cannot automatically be approved as additional information may be needed , you will receive an email advising and inviting you to upload your benefit information for checking.  Once this has been checked and a decision made, this information will be sent to the school through the daily update.


If you have problems accessing the online application, please contact the school office.



Packed Lunch

It is easy to create an appetising packed lunch every day for your child.  You should try to give them nourishing foods that are good for them.  Sweets, biscuits, crisps and fizzy drinks are not allowed as part of a packed lunch. Fast food is also not suitable for packed lunch.  The only hot meals served are school meals from the school kitchen. Water is available at mealtime.  Please read below our Healthy packed lunch guidance.