School Meals

Cucina’s aim is to bring restaurant-quality food into education. All their meals are cooked from scratch, starting with fresh ingredients. They use a range of local and national suppliers from which all fish is MSC certified, all eggs and mayonnaise are free-range, 90% of their fruit and vegetables are grown in the UK and the vast majority of their meat is Red Tractor accredited.

Cucina run a three-week menu cycle to make sure there is plenty of variety. They also run regular theme days so the children can try different cuisines if they want to. To ensure your child receives their chosen lunch each day, you will need to register on Cucina’s online portal. Once completed you will be able to pre-order your child’s lunches weekly or termly. All lunches must be pre-ordered via Cucina’s website by midnight on Saturday for the following week, this includes all children receiving free school meals. To access their online portal please click here
 The price of a school meal is £2.50 per meal with a flexible booking system.

If you are having difficulties setting up your account or ordering food please feel free to contact Cucina on or: 0204 542 7211 (office hours – Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5.00pm).

If your child has a food allergy please email with details. This information will be passed on to their Operation Teams who will contact you to explain their Medical Diets Procedure.

Our children at The Laurels always deserve the very best so we are very excited to be working with Cucina and serving fresh homemade meals to our children and we hope you will be too!

If you feel or you are unsure if you are entitled to a free school meal for your child, please come into the school office for an application form, or download it from the school website on the link under ‘forms’.

Free School Meal Information

Did you know … just registering your child for Free School Meals means that the school gets extra money?
Register now to make sure we don’t miss out!
The Government is giving money to schools to help children from lower income families do their very best. This funding is called a ‘Pupil Premium’.

For every child registered at The Laurels Primary School will receive £1,320 from central Government to fund valuable extra support.

Please register as soon as possible to make sure your child and others in their class don’t miss out.

How does it work?
  1. First, check if you qualify – it is not just if you are unemployed, so please look at the list below.
  2. Registering is really quick and easy – if you think you qualify, contact The School Office who will give you the form to register or download one from the website.
  3. If you want your child to have a free, healthy meal at lunchtime that’s great – they will get the free meal and our school receives £1,320 extra.
  4. If you don’t want your child to have the school meal they can continue as normal – as long as you qualify and are registered, the school still receives the extra funding.

No one will know you have registered and it will not affect any other benefits you are claiming.

Please talk to us about registering your child today.

Free School Meals Entitlement

Do you qualify?

You can register your child for Free School Meals if you get any of these benefits:

  • Universal Credit with an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400
  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support from under Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guarantee element of Pension Credit
  • Working Tax Credit run-on (paid for the four weeks after you stop qualifying for Work Tax Credit)
  • Child Tax Credit (with no Working Tax Credit) with an annual income of no more than £16,190
  • For more information and to apply online please visit West Sussex County Council Free School Meals Eligibility.

Reminder for when your child reaches Year 3 and above

If  your child is currently in receipt of free school meals through pupil premium eligibility, these will automatically continue. If you do not wish to pay for a hot school meal please remember to send your child in with a packed lunch including a drink (no nut based products in lunch boxes – thank you).

School Milk

We are pleased to let you know that here at The Laurels Primary we will offer free milk to all children under 5 and also to any child who is on free school meals.

If your child is not over 5 and not entitled to free school meals you are able to, as a parent, buy milk for your child.

Please either call Cool Milk on 0844 854 2913 or register online: or visit their website for more information