School Meals

school meal guides links and recommendations

Tasty and nutritious meals are prepared in our school kitchen offering pupils and staff a variety of meat, fish and vegetarian dishes. Children also have the option to bring their own packed lunch.

School meals

If you would like your child to have school meals (whether paid for or Free School Meal) we require that you let us know at the start of day

Meals are charged at £2.75 a day (£13.75 a week) and must be paid for at least the night before  your child requires lunch.  You can pay using the online Arbor parent portal and parent app system. 

Funding is allocated to children who are currently on Free School Meals (FSM) or have been on FSM at any time over the last six years (the Ever6 measure), to those with families in the regular armed forces, to children currently in Local Authority Care or children who have been in care in the past.

Free School Meals

If you think your child may be eligible for Free School Meals please apply online on East Sussex County Council, the Local Authority who are responsible for assessing whether your child is eligible for Free School Meals.

Packed lunches

We teach and promote healthy eating because on the basis that a well-balanced diet can have a positive impact on children’s health, behaviour and achievement. If your child is having packed lunches please follow these reminders:

The main element should be savoury such as a sandwich, filled pitta bread, wrap, pasta or rice salad.

Aim to include at least one portion of vegetables or salad.

Include at least one portion of fruit. This could be a fruit salad, a piece of fresh fruit or dried fruit.

For an extra snack, a fruit yogurt, fromage frais or rice cakes could be included.

Although we do not recommend sweet desserts, we accept that you may wish to pack your child a small piece of cake or a biscuit.

Water is provided by the school, however, you may provide a plastic bottle of water in your child’s lunchbox if you prefer.

Please do not provide your child with chocolate, sweets, or a fizzy drink.

Packing a healthy lunch

Nuts and other allergies

Please make sure that any snacks and packed lunches brought to the school are nut free. Please do not use chocolate spread or peanut butter.

Connect with us

Grovelands School, Dunbar Drive,
Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 3UW.

Staff Contacts

  • Executive Headteacher: Mr Jon Goulding
  • Head of School: Miss Kathleen Swaine
  • School Business Manager: Mrs Helen Fingerneissl
  • School Secretary: Mrs Carol Welfare
  • Chair of Governors: Mr Paul Gietzen
  • Designated Safeguarding Lead: Mr Jon Goulding
  • Safeguarding Strategic Lead / Senior Mental Health Lead: Miss N Squires
  • Deputy DSLs: Miss K Swaine,  Miss S Coates, Mr R Williams
  • Inclusion Leader: Mrs Naomi Jn. Charles