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School Meals

At Northchapel, we aim to make lunchtime a lovely, relaxed space where children mix together across year groups, enjoy eating their lunch and play together. There is supervision from the teaching staff team  who take a duty during the week. 


Hot meals are provided from our own kitchen by Chartwells and are free for every child from Reception to Year 2. All hot meals can be ordered and paid for online via If your child is in Year R-2, hot meals still need to be ordered via A range of options are available each day and parents can pre-order a main meal, a drink and a dessert. You can book for every day, just occasional days or for a regular day of the week. The menu is available on their website and listed below. We usually eat meals in the hall, but in the summer we often have lunch outside, which the children love. 

If you preferred to provide your child with a packed lunch, we ask you to provide healthy choices. You can see the packed lunch policy below.  

If you are in receipt of benefits and your child is entitled to a Free School Meal, you can choose to have a hot meal each day, or you can provide them with a packed lunch, but any hot meals still need to be ordered via Please speak to the office if you think you may be entitled to this, and they can give you the link to apply. 

On Thursdays, we employ a sports coach called James from South Coasts Sports, to support children from Dragonfly class as they lead sports sessions for the younger children. Our Sports Leaders are selected because they show leadership skills and train with James, learning how to coach children, set up challenging games, support children who are having difficulties and manage behaviour. James gives the Sports Leaders a helping hand, but they run the session each week themselves. The Sports Leaders then often run games during lunchtimes of other days for younger children to join in. 

When our new starter children start school in September they get extra help with a buddy from Year 6 who helps them find their way around at lunchtimes and looks after them until they find their feet. This is a lovely aspect of Northchapel and friendships made as buddies often remain for years, when older children return to visit and spot the younger child they supported as a buddy.