School Dinners

A healthy balanced lunch has been demonstrated to improve pupils’ concentration, attention, energy levels and academic performance.  Schools are required to comply with nutrient based standards set by the Government and with this in mind our menus at Hazelmere are prepared in conjunction with Essex County Council’s School Meals advisors.  It is important that we are not only delivering what the children like to eat but we also ensure that all the nutrient based standards are met and these menus do that whilst containing many of our children’s favourites!

Our menus follow a three week cycle and contain at least two different hot meals to choose from every day.  In the main our food is home cooked on the school premises using locally sourced, fresh produce where available.

The current cost of a school dinner is £2.00 (£10.00 weekly) and meals should be paid for in advance, preferably on a Monday for the week ahead, if possible.  You are able to pay for school meals directly via School Ping - please ask at the office if you need any assistance in setting this up.

If you think you may be entitled to claim Free School Meals for your child then do not hesitate to speak with our Office Staff who would be happy to advise you on eligibility and assist with your application if you wish.

Second-Half Autumn Term 2019 and Spring Term 2020 Menus

Week 1 Menu - weeks beginning:  4/11, 25/11 and 16/12/2019; 20/1, 10/2, 9/3 and 30/3/2020

Week 2 Menu - weeks beginning:  11/11, 2/12/2019; 6/1, 27/1, 24/2 and 16/3/2020

Week 3 Menu - weeks beginning:  18/11 and 9/12/2019; 13/1, 3/2, 2/3 and 23/3/2020

Please click here for our Menus

Free School Meals

Please click here to access information about Free School Meals elibigility

The online application form can be found here:

There are further notes of guidance to be found at:

Please note that if you are eligible for free school meals, and your circumstances change in any way (such as changing address or school, and registering another child) you will need to download, complete and return the change of circumstances form.