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Chesswood Junior School

Chesswood Junior School

School Meals (Free & paid for)

School Meals Introduction

After your child moves from Year 2 to Year 3 they will no longer be entitled for universal free school meals. You can either provide a lunch for them or purchase a hot school meal. The information below will support you to register and place lunch orders with Chartwells.

Lunchtime takes place from 12.15pm to 1.15pm, all children eat together in the school halls. Once the children have eaten their lunch, they move to outside playground for the remainder of the lunch break or join a lunch time club.

West Sussex Free School Meals (FSM)

There is often confusion for families when moving to Junior School with regard to meal arrangements. Universal free school meals cease for ALL children. If a family believes they are entitled to Free School Meals they must visit the West Sussex Free School Meals site to claim.

To find out if you are eligible and to apply please click to go to the WSCC website

Free school meals Information - West Sussex County Council

Apply for Free School Meals Online Form or Paper Application Form


Chartwell's are contracted by West Sussex County Council to provide hot school meals to the school. All hot school meals including free school meals, need to be ordered on the Parent Pay system 2 weeks in advanced. Parents can also pay to get hot schools meals for their children at lunchtime.

Ordering Food

You can book for a week or several weeks in advance, whichever suits you best. When joining the school you can request a login for you to access the parent pay site. You can then select and/or pay for the meals at the time of ordering.

To order your child's meal please click here to be taken to the Parent pay sign in page


Click on the image below to find out what is on the menu or follow this LINK. The menus are set out in a three-week rolling rota.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the deadline for ordering meals and why is it so long?

The deadline for ordering meals is midnight on the Thursday 10 days before the meal is to be served. This deadline is dictated to Chartwells by both their suppliers and by the necessary chain of supply that is needed to ensure delivery to all West Sussex Primary Schools.

How do I order my choice of meals?

The choice of meal is made when you order your child's meal. You can choose either a Standard MealVegetarian Meal or Alternative Choice.

My child is sick - how do I cancel the meal?

In the event of sickness absence from school, meals may be cancelled provided Chartwells receive notification by 10.30am on each day of sickness - please phone or e-mail - please do not text.

Please note that cash refunds will not be made. All refunds are subject to a £1 admin fee.

Do Chartwells supply a packed lunch when my child is on a school trip?

If you know your child is on a trip that day please choose the School Trip packed lunch option. 

Do Chartwells cater for children with special dietary requirements?

Special diets will be catered for, provided requests for these are supported by a medical report such as a letter from your GP or hospital dietician. Requests for special diets should be made direct to Chartwell's (see Contact Us Page) with a supporting letter. A special menu will then be agreed upon between the parent and the Area Manager for the child's school. Religious diets will be catered for by the vegetarian meal.