At Bearsted Primary Academy, we provide hot school dinners provided by Cucina which all children in Reception and KS1 are entitled to under the Universal Infant Free School Meals Government scheme. This happens automatically, there is no need for parents/carers to request meals, children should simply indicate which option from the weekly menu they require at morning registration. However, if you would rather your child have a packed lunch we ask that it is healthy and balanced. 


Any items containing nuts are not allowed to be brought into school as we are a no nut environment. We also have a pupil with an airborne fish allergy and therefore request that you avoid foods containing fish in your child’s packed lunch. 

In line with a healthy approach to diet, we are also a water only school. Please can you make sure your child only has water in their drinking bottle. At lunch, pupils will have access to drinking water if they do not have their water bottle.

Once our children join Key Stage 2, meals will cost £2.40 per day and should be paid for through Parent Pay. Children may be eligible for Free School Meals if parents/carers are in receipt of certain benefits. For further information please ask at Reception or email us at

Healthy Snacks

We are pleased to be part of the Government Fruit and Vegetable Scheme. Children are provided with a free piece of fruit or a healthy snack to eat at mid morning break in EYFS, Years 1 and 2. When children reach Year 3 and above they may bring in a piece of fruit or a healthy snack for morning break. To encourage and promote healthy eating we do not allow snacks such as crisps, biscuits, sweets, cakes or chocolate.