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Hot School Meal Provision

Hot school meals are supplied from the BIG RED KITCHEN at Coningsby Primary School and can be ordered via Parentmail. 


Please note the following points about the administration of hot meal provision.

  • It is the responsibility of the parent/carer to place an order at Parentmail.
  • The deadline for placing orders is by Midnight on a Sunday for the following week's meals.
  • You do not have to order for a full week. It's your choice whether you place an order for a day, a week or a full term and you can do it at your convenience.
  • All meals MUST be ordered by parents including those who are entitled to Free School Meal



All KS1 children (Reception, Y1, Y2) are eligible for a hot Universal Free School Meal (UFSM). It is the responsibility of the parent/carer to place an order using the Parentmail payment system.


Meals can be purchased for KS2 pupils (Y3, Y4, Y5, Y6), not in receipt of free school meals (FSM) at a cost of £2.45 per meal.  You will need to go onto the Parentmail payment system to place an order.


Free School Meals (FSM)

If you think you may be eligible for free school meals, copy and paste this link:


You can apply for FSM regardless of what year group your child is in. We recommend you apply even if your child is eligible for Universal Free School Meals


Healthy Eating - Government Guidance on school meals including packed lunches

The government have recently updated their guidance on school meals, to ensure children eat as healthily as possible whilst in school. You will see these changes in the coming months on the menus for the hot meal orders.

As a school we want to fully support the promotion of healthy eating, and ask parents who provide pack ups to also follow these guidelines.


From Monday 6th June , we ask parents to help us in promoting healthy eating by refraining to send the below items in their child’s pack up:

  • snacks high in fat and salt such as crisps
  • Confectionery, chocolate and chocolate-coated products
  • Cakes, biscuits, pastries or desserts (except yoghurt or fruit-based desserts containing at least 50% fruit)
  • Products containing nuts – due to allergies, we are a nut-free school
  • Drinks high in sugar such as fizzy drinks. Fruit juice can be brought in with a recommended portion size of no more than 150ml 


If your child does bring in any food items that fall into the above categories,  your child will be encouraged to eat a piece of fruit or yoghurt in its place. Any unused food items will be returned home in the child's pack up box at the end of the day.


Below are some useful links with healthy lunch box ideas:


Please also find attached a copy of the Eatwell Guide, upto date pack up guidance from the Local Authority and School Food Standards poster.

How to Order School Meals via Parentmail

How to view your child/ren school dinner order once booked:

You can inform the parent to open the ParentMail App, then click into Accounts > School Dinners > Statements (bottom right hand corner) > Select the month you want to view > Select the date you wish to view > This will show you which meal you have selected for your child/ren on that day.

Menus and Allergy Information