School meals

We work with Chartwells to serve 17,000 meals each day. Most of these East Sussex maintained schools and academies make the meals fresh on site. A small number have meals delivered from another school.

All food meets national nutritional standards. We promote a healthy, balanced diet.

Paying for school meals

School meals are usually paid for at the service counter each day. Most offer an online payment system called ParentPay. Check with your school for details. If you pay at the school office, make cheques payable to Compass Services UK Ltd.

We can’t give your child a meal without:

  • advanced payment or;
  • payment on the day your child needs a meal.

For queries about payment, speak to your school or email Chartwells.

The current meal price is £2.10 and will remain at this price until 31st July 2019.

School fruit and vegetable scheme

All children aged four to six in maintained schools get a free piece of fresh fruit or vegetable each school day.

This scheme promotes healthy eating and reduces the risk of heart disease and cancer in later life. It’s run by the Department of Health, and is open to any CSA-maintained school.

School milk schemes

Primary schools in East Sussex can opt into one or more of the following milk schemes. Talk to your child’s school to find out if they take part.

  • Under-fives milk scheme
    Gives free milk to every child under five at school for over two hours per day.
  • Over-fives milk scheme
    Provides subsidised milk for children aged 5 to 11.
  • Medical milk scheme
    Provides milk for pupils if it’s been medically prescribed.

Our school meal policy

We aim to:

  • provide a hot two-course meal to all pupils
  • cater for vegetarian and special diets dictated by ethnic, cultural and religious beliefs
  • if practical, tailor menus for pupils with medically prescribed diets
  • serve quality ingredients with excellent presentation
  • meet Government nutritional standards
  • make meal times enjoyable, comfortable and social
  • treat our pupil customers with respect.

Nut allergies

We don’t knowingly use any products that contain nuts or nut by-products in our primary school menus. But regulations mean we can’t declare nut free status. Contact us for further information.

Special Diets

Special diets shouldn’t stop children enjoying nutritious and tasty school lunches with their friends. We cater for many special dietary needs:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Milk-free for lactose intolerance
  • Gluten-free for coeliac disease
  • Carbohydrate counts for diabetics

We can cater for pupils with one or more allergies or intolerances to the 14 EU allergens:

Gluten – Crustaceans – Eggs – Fish – Peanuts – Soybeans – Milk – Nuts – Celery – Mustard – Sesame – Sulphur dioxide/sulphites – Lupin – Molluscs

If your child needs a special menu for medical reasons, complete a Special Diet Request form. You can also get one from your child’s school office. A GP or Dietitian’s letter must support medical requests.

A nutritionist will assess your request. They’ll send a suitable menu to you for written consent.

Contact us

To comment about school meals in East Sussex, contact:

Contracts Management Team – Schools,
Property Delivery, Business Services Department, County Hall,
St Anne’s Crescent,
East Sussex BN7 1UE

Phone: 01273 482934/01273 482520
Email Catering Manager

For primary school meal queries, contact Chartwells:

Phone: 01435 865310
Email Chartwells
East Sussex Love School Meals Website