School Lunches


At Sacred Heart Primary, like most schools in Lancashire, we use Lancashire Catering Service to provide our school meals. Cooked meals, including a vegetarian option, are prepared daily in our kitchen and children are offered a choice of main courses and desserts.  Salads and fruit are always available. Lancashire provides food which meets national Food Standards criteria – for more information go to

The cost of a school meal is £2.50.  We are happy to accept payment for the week, month, half term or term. These should be paid for via your Parentpay account. We prefer a term’s notice to change lunch arrangements.

Free school meals

Free school meals are available to all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. They are also available to some older children according to family income.  It’s important to register for entitlement to free school meals, even if your child has a packed lunch or is in a younger class – this is so we can receive additional funding (called the pupil premium) which we can use to help your child.

Children are entitled to Free School Meals if their parents, carers or guardians receive any of the following:

  • Income support
  • Income based job seekers allowance
  • Income related employment and support allowance
  • Guarantee pension credit
  • Child Tax Credit, but not Working Tax Credit, and an annual income lower than the limit set by the Government
  • Working Tax Credit Run On because you have ceased work or reduced your working hours to less than 16 per week

To find out if your child qualifies for free school meals, and for any help or advice, you could:

  • Contact your local education office is based at Area Education Office, 44 Union Street, Accrington, BB5 1PL
  • Call school Admissions on 01254 220742 or 01254 220718
  • Call into the school office and speak to Mrs Pickover or Mr Robertshaw 

The Lancashire Schools website has more information about free school meals. If you’ve any general questions about free school meals, please ask us at the Office or send an email.

Packed lunches

Alternatively, children may bring a packed lunch which are eaten in the main hall.

Packed lunches should be in a secure named container.  No sweets are allowed – instead, we encourage lots of fruit or vegetables.  Water is available on all tables for children who choose a packed lunch.  However, your child can bring their own drink in a non-breakable container – please avoid fizzy drinks.