Lewisham Council - School meals

School meals

Most schools in Lewisham are part of a centrally managed school meals contract. This service is run by Chartwells, which provides pupils with a nutritious meal in accordance with the School Food Plan.


Cost of school meals

The fee pays for a two course meal and is currently:

  • Primary and special school meals – £2.20
  • Secondary school meals – £2.30.

How to pay

Usually, primary school pupils are asked to pay the school administrator on a weekly basis.

Secondary school pupils pay at a cash till or use an Oyster card through the cashless till system. Each school will be able to provide you with more information about the system that they use.

See our free school meals page for information about financial support for your child's school meals.


School meals comply with School Food Standards set by the Government.

The menus are designed with the assistance of qualified nutritionists. We aim to provide all of the basic food requirements that a young person needs at the midday period to get maximum benefit from the afternoon session of lessons.

All of the services provided by our caterer are subject to stringent independent monitoring – ensuring an efficient, healthy and nutritious standard is maintained.

Chartwells awards and accreditations.

Mary's meals

Mary’s Meal’s is an international movement to set up school feeding projects in communities where poverty and hunger prevent children from gaining an education.

Chartwells have recently funded the building of feeding kitchens in two schools in Malawi. For every 20 meals Chartwells serve in our schools, Chartwells donates a Mary’s Meal.

All the schools need to do is sign up to this campaign and encourage as many children in their school as possible to take a school lunch.

Making a complaint about school meals

Complaints should be delivered in the first instance to your child's school. Your child’s school will then contact the caterer direct.

Should the nature of the complaint recur or you or the school receive no satisfaction then the school will then report the complaint to us.


Education Catering
London Borough Of Lewisham
Laurence House
1 Catford Road
Se6 4ru
020 8314 6750



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