School Meals


Lunches at Finchingfield Academy are cooked by Great Bardfield Primary School.

The School lunch price is £2.30 per day (£11.50 per week)

All school meals must be ordered and paid for in advance online on ParentPay.

Please remember that the cut off time for ordering meals is 9pm on the Sunday before each week commences. Meals cannot be ordered after this time online or in the school office and should you miss the deadline then you will need to provide your child with a packed lunch. If they are in years 3, 4, 5 or 6, prepayment is compulsory. This is clearly explained during the booking process. If you have not paid within 2 hours of booking your child’s meals, or there is insufficient credit balance in your ParentPay account, the booking will be cancelled.

For guidance on meal booking or crediting your child’s ParentPay account, please click on the following links;


(If your child has packed lunches, please ensure that all products included are nut free. Please note that Pesto contains nuts and should not be included in a packed lunch.)

For information regarding food allergies and an allergen menu please contact the school on

Year R, 1 and 2 pupils and those eligible for free school meals also need to pre-select their meal choices online. If a meal is not pre-ordered by the cut off time you will need to contact the school office in order for an ’emergency meal’ to be ordered.

Are you entitled to Income based Free School Meals (FSM) ?

Automatic entitlement to a Universal Infant Free School Meal (UIFSM) finishes at the end of Year 2 and only children from low income families are eligible to Free School Meals (FSM) from Year 3 onwards.
Children may be eligible for free school meals if their parents receive the following benefits:
 Income Support
 Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
 Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
 Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
 The guaranteed element of Pension Credit
 Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
 Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
 Universal Credit – household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)
Your application will be refused if you are not receiving any of the listed benefits. Please consider this before applying.
Your application will be processed by Essex County Council within 15 working days, but it may take longer if you apply in August or September.

The menu repeats on a 2 week cycle offering a varied choice of meals. Fresh juice and water are available every day.

For information regarding food allergies and an allergen menu please contact the school on