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School Meals

School Lunches at St James’

Enfield Catering Services are very proud to have achieved the prestigious Silver 'Food for Life Served Here' award from the Soil Association. This demonstrates our commitment to serving food made from fresh, honest and ethical ingredients:

  • Over 90% of our food is made from fresh seasonal ingredients on site

  • All our meat is sourced from a wholesale butcher and is classified under a Farm-Assurance scheme (e.g. Red Tractor)

  • All our eggs are free-range, and locally sourced

  • Our fish is sustainable and certified by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)

  • Some of our ingredients are organic including our milk, tinned tomatoes, oats and yoghurt.

  • All our menus meet the Government’s school nutrition standards

  • We use local produce, for example our chicken and eggs come from Hertfordshire

  • We do not use ingredients with undesirable trans fats or additives

  • Our meals are cooked by trained chefs

If you would like to take a look at Enfield Catering Service website then please do, you will see more information about the service, the address is :

In addition to the regular menus Enfield Catering Service will be able to organise theme days and events linked to the National Curriculum or other well-known events taking place.  

All pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are able to receive a school meal at no cost as part of the Universal Free School Meal initiative.  If your child/children are in Key Stage 2 (Year 3, 4, 5, 6) and your family receives certain benefits or is on a low income your child/children could be eligible for a free school meal.  

If you feel this might be applicable to you then, visit: call the Pupil Benefit helpline on 020 8379 5367 or email,

Applying for free school meals

Children in Reception, Year 1 or Year 2

All children in Reception, Year 1 or Year 2 will be able to receive a free school meal. Choosing a school lunch for your child will save up to £400 per year. You must register your child for free school meals during the summer term to ensure the school receives extra funding.

Children in Year 3 or above

If your child is in Year 3 or above, to be eligible for free school meals the parent or carer must receive one of the following benefits:

  • Universal Credit with an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400 (£616.67 per month)
  • Child Tax Credit only (with no Working Tax Credit) with an annual gross income of no more than £16,190

Working Tax Credit is a disqualifying benefit regardless of your household income – this means that you would not be entitled to free school meals while in receipt of Working Tax Credit

  • Working Tax Credit run-on (paid for the four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guarantee element of Pension Credit

Children who get any of the above benefits directly, instead of through a parent or carer, can also apply for free school meals.