Free School Meals


All parent/carers of children resident in West Sussex can apply for free school meals if they qualify under the eligibility criteria. Applying for free school meals entitles children at St Oscar Romero Catholic School for a free lunch to the value of £2.30. In addition, students eligible for Free School Meals enable the school to gain additional funds from the Department for Education in the form of the ‘pupil premium’.

Over the last few years the quality of school food has improved dramatically. Research shows that pupils are more likely to concentrate in lessons if they have eaten a nutritionally balanced meal at lunchtime. By choosing school lunches, not only will you be saving yourself the time of preparing a packed lunch every day, you can also be sure that your child is getting the range and amount of food that will help contribute to their health and well-being.

On average parents spend £400 on packed lunches per year for each child, which is money that could be spent on other things. At St Oscar Romero’s Catholic School the allowance of £2.30 a day will buy a two course hot meal for your son/daughter.

For information on how to apply for Free School Meals and to check if you are eligible please visit the West Sussex County Council website link here.