School Lunches

At Totnes St John's, we have our own onsite kitchen team that prepare meals just for us.  Each day there is the choice of a different main meal (one meat and one vegetarian option), plus the option of a jacket potato with a variety of toppings.  School lunches cost £2.44 per pupil per day unless eligible for free school meals (see information below). 
Please use Parentpay to pay for your child's meals - see link for more information.

To view the current menu, please click on the link below:   


Autumn Term 1 Menu 2022 PDF
Healthy Eating Policy
Food Allergy Policy
Happy Snacking Leaflet
Packed Lunch Guidance
Italian Dish
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Making an application for free school meals

All children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 at state schools in England automatically get ‘Universal Infant Free School Meals’.

However, parents and guardians are encouraged to apply for free school meals when they enrol their child in school regardless of which year they are in, as this can help their child’s school to attract additional pupil premium funding to support learning.

The school will only receive this funding if the parents of eligible pupils make an application, so if you are in receipt of any of the benefits listed below, we would encourage you to apply.  For each successful application, the school will receive an extra £1320 per pupil per year to support learning.

Children whose parents are getting any of the following are entitled to free school meals:

  • Universal Credit (provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400, as assessed by earnings from up to three of your most recent assessment periods)

  • Income Support

  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance

  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance

  • The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit

  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, that does not exceed £16,190)

  • Working Tax Credit run-on (the payment you get for a further 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)

Children who receive a qualifying benefit in their own right can also get free school meals.


Please note that from 1 April 2018, all children currently getting free school meals will continue to do so while Universal Credit is rolled out. This will apply even if their parents’ earnings rise above the new threshold during that time. In addition, any child who becomes eligible for free school meals after 1 April 2018 will be protected against losing these during the Universal Credit
rollout period.

Once Universal Credit is fully rolled out, any existing claimants that no longer meet the eligibility criteria at that point (because their earnings are above the threshold or are no longer a recipient of Universal Credit) will continue to receive free school meals until the end of their current phase of education (such as primary or secondary). The Universal Credit rollout is currently expected to complete in March 2022.

The quickest and easiest way to apply for free school meals is through the Devon County Council Citizen Portal at Citizen Portal

The person making the application should be the person who holds parental responsibility for the child that they are applying for.

This will result in an instant decision direct to your phone, tablet or computer.  A print out of the result or screen shot confirming eligibility should be shown to the School Office allowing free meals to commence straight away.

Parents and carers can also ring the Education Helpline on 0345 155 1019 to request a paper copy of the application form.