School Meals

Our school lunch meals are provided by Radish. We are a healthy school and our children tell us that they enjoy their school lunches. Out caterers have achieved “Food for Life Gold Standards”, more information on this can be found by clicking on the link.

Lunches rotate on a 3-week cycle and change each term. Please click here for the current menu and allergen matrix.

Meet the Radish

Radish is a unique boutique catering company with expert knowledge and experience in primary schools. We strive to create the best dining experience for your children, encouraging them to discover diverse and delicious healthy food, whilst teaching the importance of a healthy diet and lifestyle through our theme days and added value initiatives.

A healthy and nutritious school lunch is associated with better concentration, behaviour and academic achievement and we will ensure that not only do our menus meet and exceed School Food Standards but are tasty and attractive to the children.

At Radish our menus centre around freshly prepared food, which is environmentally sustainable, ethically sourced. At least 85% of our meals are freshly prepared on site with meat, fruit and vegetables sourced from local suppliers. Our menus are completely bespoke to your school and include freshly baked bread, a varied salad bar and fresh fruit daily.

Our aim is simple… to encourage children to discover diverse and delicious healthy food, whilst actively supporting the schools in educating the benefits of a healthier diet. In doing so we hope to change children’s perception of food.

We will ensure that every child is well-fed, fully sustained and ready to learn and set for the challenges of each school day.
For more information, please click on the link to view Radish brochure.

Say Hi to your Chef Manager Wioletta

We would like to introduce you to our newest member of the catering team Wioletta our new chef manager.

Wioletta has worked for several years in the education catering industry, and we are delighted to welcome her to the Radish team. Wioletta said,

“I love seeing all the smiling faces of the children coming for lunch and when they say they enjoyed their meal it is importance to me and makes the whole team happy!”

Veg Power at St Mary’s

Radish were thrilled to organize a Veg Power ‘Eat Them to Defeat Them’ event at St. Mary’s in March.

St. Mary’s was a Radish Flagship school for this occasion, showcasing unusual vegetables, colourful displays and decorations, a vibrant Big Chomp Salad Bar, and reward charts and stickers for children to enjoy at home.

We hope the children had as much fun as we did! Parents enjoyed a trying our healthy smoothies and vegetable based bakes after school, and every item disappeared in a flash!

School Funding

All children in reception, year 1 and year 2 are entitled to receive a free school lunch each day, as part of the Universal Free School Meals (UFSM) lunch scheme. From September 2023 until at least July 2025 the London Mayor has extended the funding available to schools to include free school meals for all primary school children (Reception – year – 6) in state-funded London schools.

Children will receive their free school meal under the Mayor’s scheme automatically, but it is essential that parents and guardians continue to complete the school and local authorities registration processes because some of our families may also be entitled to a benefit called Free School Meals which gives the school eligibility for additional funding known as Pupil Premium funding.

Pupil Premium Funding is used by the school to fund valuable support like extra tuition, additional teaching staff or after school activities.

Please see our Pupil Premium page for further information on how the school spends the pupil premium funding it receives.

Your child may be able to get free school meals which can entitle the school to receive additional Pupil Premium Funding, if you get any of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit – if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)

Children who get paid these benefits directly, instead of through a parent or guardian, can also get free school meals.

If you fit any of the above criteria and therefore think you may be eligible, then you can check by going online to Free School Meals Eligibility Checker and clicking on “Check Eligibility” tab.
You will need a USO Account. If you applied to our school through e-admissions you will already have one of these and can use the same username and password.

If not, set up a new account and the system will guide you through the process.

Through your USO Account, you can then link all your children to the account (regardless of which school they go to). Once checked the school will then be able to see your status, and will add your name to the list of those eligible.

If you have any problems with the process, please use the FAQ section of the website in the first instance as this will answer any questions you may have.

Cashless Catering

Parents select and pay (if required) for children’s school lunches on ParentPay. When you join the school you will be given details on how to set up an account.
Please remember to keep the school office updated of any changes to dietary requirements, including allergies.

All payment items, including those for school trips, uniform, events etc., go through a parent’s ParentPay account.