School Meals

Children can bring packed lunches or pay for hot school meals which are eaten in the hall under supervision.  We inform and encourage parents to provide healthy food and leaflets are available to provide ideas.

Parents receiving the following are entitled to free school meals:

  •     Income Support,

  •     Employment Support Allowance (Income Related),

  •     Income based Job Seekers Allowance

  •     Guaranteed element of State Pension Credit

  •     Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

  •     Child Tax Credit without Working Tax Credit with an annual taxable income (as assessed by HMRC) of less than £16,190

Application forms for free school meals are available from the office at the school or you can visit

Many of the children will need something to eat between breakfast and dinner.  As a Healthy School, it is school policy to ask parents not to provide sweets, biscuits and crisps.  All KS1 children receive free fruit at break time under the School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme.

Our school meals are provided from New Manor Farm in Witham Friary.

“We pride ourselves on the quality of the food on the menu and encourage the children to experience a variety of different meals from traditional favourites through to curries and Chinese savoury rice. We cook every meal from scratch daily and with one exception, Fish fingers and baked beans , we rarely use anything premade

Where at all possible our produce is purchased locally.  We use a butcher from Bruton that specialises in free range, organic meat. This ensures that the meat used is a high animal welfare, quality product. Our fruit and vegetables are bought weekly from the Saturday market in Frome. This enables us to use fresh fruit and to treat the children to varied seasonal fruit and even regular local strawberries in the summer. Local Cheddar is sourced from Wyke farms based in Wyke Champflower. 

Our goal is to provide meals that conform to the Schools Food Trust guidelines and more importantly food that your children enjoy. We are in the process of applying for our menu and meals to be endorsed by the Schools Food Trust. This is something that most larger School Meal Providers avoid as the costs of preparing food according to the guidelines can be more expensive. However, as we buy locally on the market and from our butcher the standards are much easier to achieve and just require effort and trusted partnerships.

New Dishes are often added each half term and we would encourage your children to try them at least once and we are always appreciative of feedback; good or bad. It is important to us that your children eat and enjoy the meals provided so if we need to change a dish or take it off the menu we will always listen and take onboard your comments. Our email is:”

                                              Allergy Advice

Mells School is now a Nut Free Site

Please can all parents make sure that they do not send in school Lunch / Snack boxes containing nuts as we have a child at school with a Nut allergy.

Your co-operation with this is much appreciated