School meals and free school meals

Enfield Catering Services has lots of experience in school meals. Our food is healthy, tasty, freshly cooked on site, and uses quality ingredients. Menus are ethically, locally and sustainably sourced whenever possible, and meet the government’s nutritional standards.

We hope all pupils enjoy the exciting and innovative dishes created by our menu development chef. Parents are also welcome to attend the various taster sessions arranged throughout Enfield, to try the foods on offer.

For more information, visit Enfield Catering Services or email You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter.

To register for school meals, ask at your child’s school.

Applying for free school meals

Children in reception, year 1 or year 2

All children in reception, year 1 and year 2 automatically get free school meals if they go to a state school, saving parents around £400 a year. It’s called universal infant free school meals.

Parents on benefits

Although you do not have to apply to get these meals, if you receive one of the benefits listed below you should still complete an application form. Doing this could help your school get valuable extra funding through the pupil premium. Your child’s school will be able to tell you how to register.

The amount of pupil premium funding a school receives is based on the number of children who are eligible for free school meals and can be used towards extra tuition, teaching and after school activities. This funding can really make a difference.

Children in year 3 or above

If your child is in year 3 or above, to be eligible for free school meals the parent or carer must receive one of the following benefits:

Children who get any of the above benefits directly, instead of through a parent or carer, can also apply for free school meals.

To apply, save the free school meals application form (PDF, 101.88 KB) to your device, fill in your details, and then email as an attachment to

You don’t need to provide evidence of your benefit when you submit your form. However we may write to you for further information or to request certain evidence.

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