School Meals

City Catering is our in-house caterer and their menus meet legislation for school food standards. City Catering has achieved  the Food for Life Silver Catering Mark, which means greater emphasis is put on sourcing environmentally sustainable and ethically sourced foods. Their meat is farm assured, eggs are free range and fish are sourced from sustainable stock. All food procured is as locally produced as possible therefore supporting the local economy.

Our culinary experts produce a tasty and healthy menu for us; each week giving us great tastes from around the world along with traditional English meals.

There are 3 menu patterns which change on a rolling programme indicated by the date of the week.  Menus are designed to give a variety of flavour, colour, texture and appearance to support good nutrition.

Meals are prepared and served on the premises by our highly skilled and passionate catering team and lunchtime supervisory staff who make dinnertime at Hillside a fun and enjoyable time in a safe and hygienic environment.  Children with special dietary needs are noted and catered for.

Children in our Nursery and Reception classes are provided with family service for their school lunch.  Key Stages 1 and 2 use self service for their lunch.  The children get a choice of main course, side, dessert and drink.  A salad bar is available as an alternative to the vegetables on offer.

Children may have a school meal or bring a packed lunch (excluding Nursery).  School meals are provided at a reasonable price, £12.00 per week (£2.40 per day) with payment on a weekly basis, paid in advance on the first morning of each week.  Please send the exact amount of dinner money due each week as it is extremely time consuming sorting out change. This would also prevent the change being lost in school or on the way home.  Please send the money with your child to the class teacher in an envelope or purse clearly marked with your child’s name and class number. If paying by cheque, please make cheque payable to ‘Stoke-on-Trent City Council’.  We require a notice period of one week for any changes to school meal arrangements.

A government initiative provides all children in classes Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 with a free school meal.  All other classes will pay the current rate charged for school meals unless they qualify for means tested free schools meals. Parents who think their children qualify for free meals should contact the school office who will make appropriate enquiries and treated in the strictest confidence – further information below.

Children not opting for school meals will need to bring a packed lunch to school.  As a health promoting school, we ask that children should bring only healthy food for lunch and break time snacks.  Lunches should be packed in a secure container, clearly named and drinks should be in an unbreakable container.  Hot or fizzy drinks are not allowed. Please encourage your child to drink fresh water daily.  Water coolers are situated throughout the school.



Health & Hygiene

Our catering team provide interesting and healthy meals in a clean and safe environment.  Don’t take our word for it as they have been awarded 5 stars in food hygiene by the Food Standards Agency.



Important:  Peanut/Nut Allergies

There are children and staff in school who have a severe food allergy to peanuts/nuts.  It is important to avoid this food as best we can to prevent serious allergic reactions.  Please do not send any peanut or nut containing products to school with your child in their lunchboxes or at any other times.


Free School Meals

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.

How does it work?

1. First, check if you qualify—it is not just if you are unemployed, so please check the free school meal application form via the link at the bottom of this page for details.

2. Registering is really quick and easy—if you think you qualify call into the school office and we will help you to apply.

3. If you want your child to have a free, healthy meal at lunchtime that’s great—they will get the free meal (saving you around £400 a year for each eligible child) and the school gets additional funding.

4. If you don’t want your child to have the school meals they can continue as normal—as long as you qualify and are registered for free school meals the school still gets the additional funding.

No-one will know you have registered and it will not affect any other benefits you are claiming. Please register immediately to make sure your child and others don’t miss out.