School Dinners

At Tidemill we strive to provide our children with a healthy, delicious meal each day. Our meal provider, Pabulum, work with us to ensure a choice of dishes each day to include a hot meal (using halal meat), a vegetarian option, and a selection of sandwiches. A menu is available from our Reception desk. Pabulum work with us to provide special menus at Christmas and other key dates.

Paying for School Dinners

For the current cost of a school meal, please speak to the School Office. We ask that you pay for all meals in advance. You can use the online parent pay facility,,  which requires a user name and password. These are allocated to all parents and there is a guide available from school reception.

Packed Lunches

Whilst we feel that all children benefit from a freshly cooked meal at lunchtime we understand that some parents prefer to send in a packed lunch, especially if their child is a particularly picky eater. If this is the case we ask that you provide a healthy lunch which includes a balanced variety of food groups. Sweets and fizzy drinks are not allowed. We encourage parents not to send in nuts or nut products in children’s packed lunches, as we have some children who can suffer severe allergic reactions. This also applies to packed lunches for educational visits. Please note that food brought in from home cannot be heated in school. If we feel that the lunch is not adequate we will invite you in to discuss your options.

Applying for Free School Meals

Free School Meals – savings for you and £900 for each pupil for the school.

In the news recently, there has been much discussion about pupil premium and the new government policies for education. What you need to know is that registration for free school meals is an important part of this. The number of children registered will affect school funding and in the future may affect the support your child may need to stay in the sixth form or go on to university.

From April 2012, an important part of the funding the school gets will be based on the number of our students entitled to free school meals. We are aware that many families entitled to free school meals do not claim them. For some this is because their child does not want to eat a hot meal and prefers to have a packed lunch, and others do not feel they can accept this support or that there may be some sort of stigma about receiving Free School Meals. This is of course everyone’s individual choice.

However, since April 2012, the school will only get the additional funding entitlement we and the children are entitled to (‘pupil premium’) if students who are able to register for free school meals actually get registered, and stay registered. We would urge you to register, whether or not your child wishes to eat a school meal regularly and assure you that the list is entirely confidential. It is really important to the school, in these difficult financial times, that you register for free school meals if you are entitled to them.
To apply for free school meals, parents must have one or more children aged four and over attending a state ; and be receiving child benefit for the child/children and one or more of the following:

  • If your income is less than £16,190 per year
  • If you receive income support
  • If your receive income based jobseekers’ allowance
  • If you receive child tax credit (providing the family’s income does not exceed £16,190)
  • If you receive the guaranteed element of state pension credit
  • If you receive support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act


Once again, if you think you are eligible, whether you want the free school meal or not, we ask you please to check you are registered as soon as possible.

How to apply

It couldn’t be easier to apply all you need to do is call Lewisham Council on 0208 314 6221. They will be able to tell you immediately if you qualify and schools will be notified by the next working day. Their phone lines are open from 10am-4pm or click here to apply.

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