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School Meals

Our school meals are a service that we currently buy back from Nottinghamshire County Council.


Our school dinners are packed with fresh and tasty ingredients which meet many strictly regulated food assurance schemes.  

For every new menu the meal service always searches high and low across our region for the very best quality products to make exciting meals. 


Good eating habits can last a lifetime and Food for Life is a great opportunity to help understand where our food comes from and the importance of it on our health.

Lunchtimes at Bilsthorpe Flying High Academy


Children have a choice and can choose whether to have a hot school dinner or bring a packed lunch. This choice can be made on a daily basis depending on what is on the menu. You just need to make sure your child knows what they are doing!


Free School Meals


Free meals are available to students from households entitled to:

  • Income support
  • Income based jobseeker’s allowance (JSA)
  • Income related employment and support allowance (ESA)
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Child tax credit, provided you are not entitled to working tax credit and have an annual income (as assessed by HM Revenue & Customs) that does not exceed £16190
  • The guarantee element of state pension credit
  • Working tax credit run-on - paid for four weeks after the person stops qualifying for working tax credit
  • Universal credit - during the initial roll-out of the benefit


If the above applies to you and you have not already registered, please contact the Free School Meals Team on 0300 5008080 or by visiting


The information needed to register includes:

  • Personal details (including national insurance number and date of birth) for you and your partner.
  • Child's details in full including their date of birth and the school they attend
  • If eligible for free school meals and/or milk the start date will normally be within two days of parents contacting the office and entitlement being verified. The office will also write to confirm the date the child's free school meals and milk will start.


Children will continue to receive free school meals and milk while parents are receiving the qualifying benefit.

Look back with pride and forward with confidence