School meals


The school offers a three week lunch menu provided by Hertfordshire Catering Limited and served under the supervision of Midday Supervisory Assistants. Children are encouraged to try a little of all the food on their plates.

The children select their meal each morning with a hot meat (blue) option, a hot vegetarian (green) option, or a cold packed lunch (yellow) option.

For pupils in Years 3-6 the price of a school meal is £2.25 per day, paid half-termly within the first five days of each half term. The school’s preferred method of payment is via Schoolgateway. Alternatively payment can be made by cheque made payable to Hertfordshire Catering Ltd with your child’s name and class clearly marked on the back.

To arrange school meals or change your current arrangements please contact the school office.

Free school meals

All children in Reception to Year 2 are entitled to free school meals.

If your child is in Years 3-6 and you believe they may be entitled to free school meals or for education benefits, either:

  • apply online;
  • contact the school office; or
  • contact the Helpline on 0300 123 4040 (lines are open Monday to Friday from 8am-8pm and Saturdays from 9am-4pm. Lines are closed on Sundays and public holidays. Calls to the 0300 cost no more than a national rate call to a 01 or 02 number.

Packed Lunches

Lunches should be brought to school in a suitable strong container with your child’s name and class clearly marked on the front.

At Richard Whittington we promote healthy living and we ask for your support in encouraging your child to eat healthily by supplying them with a healthy packed lunch.  Nuts (including peanut butter), sweets, chocolates and fizzy drinks are not permitted, though a chocolate bar such as a kit-kat is acceptable.