School meals


We work with Chartwells to serve 17,000 meals each day. 95% of these East Sussex maintained schools and academies make all the meals fresh on site. 5% of schools and academies who do not have a kitchen will have freshly prepared meals delivered from another school.

All food meets the Government’s School Food Standards. We provide a healthy, balanced meal at an affordable price which contributes to one third of your child’s daily nutritional requirements.


Our school meal policy

We will:

  • provide a hot freshly prepared two-course meal to all pupils at an affordable price
  • cater for vegetarian and special diets dictated by beliefs and values
  • provide personalised menus for pupils with medically prescribed diets
  • serve quality ingredients with 5% of all ingredients being organic
  • meet Government School Food Standards
  • provide an inviting environment to ensure the dining experience is a social and enjoyable part of the school day
  • treat our pupil customers with respect
  • provide a menu with multiple choices to include everyone
  • offer fruit and yoghurt every day
  • offer freshly baked bread to accompany every meal
  • only offer fried food once per week
  • offer three fruit based desserts per week
  • offer water or milk to pupils daily

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 dedicated nutritionist will assess your request, they’ll send a suitable menu to you for written consent. For legal reasons you must give written consent before your child can access this service.

Nut allergies

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

Universal Infant Free School Meals

Universal Infant Free School Meals (UIFSM) is a scheme which provides funding for schools/academies who offer a free meal to all children in reception, year 1 and year 2. This funding is based on three census days across the academic year, your school/academy should share these dates with you. UIFSM funding is given at £2.30 per meal, this means in East Sussex schools/academies could benefit from an additional £4750 per 100 pupils per year which will undoubtedly have a positive affect on your child’s educational provision.

Paying for school meals

The preferred method of payment is online or top up card via ParentPay. If your school/academy does not yet support this service cash/cheque will be accepted.

Check with your school for details. If you pay at the school office, please 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 for KS2 is £2.05 and will remain at this price until 31st July 2020.

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.

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