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East Peckham Primary School

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School Dinners - Caterlink

What can my child have in their packed lunch?

We ask that parents pack a health lunch for their child if they choose to have packed lunch.

This website has plenty of healthy suggestions for a lunch box:



There are members of our school community who have serious nut allergies therefore no nut products are allowed to be brought on school premises including in lunch boxes or taken or school trips. Peanut butter is not allowed and some chocolate spreads also have nuts in. Please check all packaging and if you have any questions, please contact the school office.


What snack can my child have?

Children in reception, year 1 and year 2 will be given free fruit which is delivered daily. Parents of children who are eligible for Free School Meals will be asked if their children would also like free fruit. For children who would like a snack at break time they can bring a snack in from home. This snack must be fruit. If you have any questions please contact the school office. 

Caterlink provides the meals for our school. 


Children in years R, 1 and 2 will receive universal free school meals. Parents of children in years 3-6 will need to pay for their meals unless they are eligible for Free School Meals. Please contact the office if you think you are eligible.


How do I know if my child is eligible for Free School Meals?

Children in years R, 1 and 2 receive Universal Free School meals. This is different to Free School Meals (FSM) that are eligible for Pupil Premium.


Your child might be able to get free school meals if you get any of the following:

  • Universal Credit - if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)
  • Income Support
  • income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • the guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit.


If you think your child is eligible for Free School meals, please apply via this website.

Caterlink have an online payment system to help parents to pay for school dinners.


Parents and children can choose if they are having a hot meal each day and no need to inform the kitchen in advance apart from for the Christmas lunch.

Online Payments

In order to pay online, parents need to set up an account and link to their child. Parents can set themselves up on the payment system by visiting the website below. 

When you visit the system for the first time, you will need to create a new account.

  • To do this click "Register a new account" and enter your child's Individual Student ID (SIM) and last name.
  • The system will confirm back to you your child's name and school
  • If this is correct you will then be required to enter a number of other details to create the account
  • If this information is not correct, please contact the school.
  • Please email the school office to request your child's Individual Student ID number