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School Meals

We are fortunate to have fresh meals cooked on the premises each day provided by Herts Catering Ltd.  There is a choice of two hot meals, jacket potato with fillings or a cold lunch along with a salad bar. School meals run on a 3 week menu cycle. The emphasis is on healthy eating. Our cook is able to cater for special dietary needs, once you have completed the online Dietry Needs Form (see below).  Lunch times are well supervised by our MSA team. Children may bring a packed lunch from home. (Cans, glass bottles, fizzy drinks and sweets are not allowed) , please encourage your child to include healthy food in their lunch box.


School Meal Payment  


Gade Valley Primary School can only order meals when they have been paid for in advance.

Dinner money should be paid on a Monday or the first day of a new term. The cost is £3.20 per day/£16.00 per week for Key Stage 2 (Year 3-6). All children in Reception and Years 1 & 2 are entitled to universal free school meals under current Government funding.

Payments can be made online via the Arbor app - you will receive your login details when you start our school otherwise please contact the school office.

Please ensure cheques are made payable to Herts Catering Ltd. Any cash or cheques should be in a sealed envelope with your child’s name, class and the amount clearly labelled on it.  This envelope can either be given to the class teacher or directly to the office .  Please do not send in loose change with your child as this can become mislaid or lost. We cannot accept any responsibility if this results.


Universal Free School Meals

From September 2014 all children in Reception and Key Stage 1 will be provided with a government funded school lunch, known as Universal Free School Meals.


Free School Meals

If, due to benefits you receive, you are entitled to Free School Meals; you will still need to register for them. This is because registering also gives you access to other benefits, please contact the school office for further information or visit


Hertfordshire Catering Limited - Allergies/Allergen information on request


Pupils with a medically diagnosed dietary need should inform the school in advance.

Every effort has been made to eliminate nuts from our menus, however, this

cannot be guaranteed due to our suppliers' manufacturing processes.