Fresh Ideas Feeding Minds

We are delighted to have our own in house catering service to provide healthy meals for all our children.

Our mission is to improve the health of our children through better eating habits and food education, inspiring the next generation into good lifelong eating habits.

Lunchtimes are an important part of the school day.  Healthy, nutritious, balanced school lunches can lead to better health and a better academic performance. Going forward, the Trust is aiming towards becoming a Food for Life School, and we are working with Food for Life and The Soil Association to achieve a Bronze Award to recognise this.  

  • 70% of all meals are made from scratch
  • All of our meat products are Red Tractor assured
  • We only use free range eggs
  • We have Meat Free Mondays

We are able to give the children a choice of hot meals every day.  Picnic bags are available every day. Salad and bread are available with every meal.

For dessert, the children have the choice of a pudding or fresh fruit.

Our online payment system via My Child at School works well; parents pay in advance for meals and book online. As long as your account is in credit, meals can be ordered up to half a term in advance. Meals currently cost £2.50 per day for Year 3 to Year 6.

Meal orders for children (Reception to Year 2) who are entitled to Universal Free School meals and benefit related free meals (FSM) will also need to be ordered in advance.

Ilsham Summer Menu 2024 week 1

Ilsham Summer Menu 2024 week 2

Ilsham Summer Menu 2024 week 3

18.5.23-School Meal Price Increase

Lunch Menu w/c 01.01.24, 22.01.24, 19.02.24, 11.03.24

Lunch Menu w/c 08.01.24, 29.01.24, 26.02.24, 18.03.24

Lunch Menu w/c 15.01.24, 05.02.24,04.03.24, 25.03.24



Free school meals

All children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 automatically get free school meals. Parents and guardians are encouraged to apply for free school meals when they enrol their child in school as this can help their child’s school to attract additional ‘pupil premium’ funding to support learning.

From Year 3 onwards, children whose parents are in receipt of any of the following benefits are entitled to free school meals:

  • Universal Credit (provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400, as assessed by earnings from up to three of your most recent assessment periods)
  • Income Support (IS)
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance (IBSJA)
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (IRESA)
  • The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Child Tax Credit,( provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, that does not exceed £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on – ( the payment you get for a further 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)

How to apply

Did you know that you can apply for free school meals online?

Torbay Council have launched an online application form which can be completed via your computer, mobile phone or table device.  You can also download a printable version of the application form from their website if you prefer.