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Holly Trees Primary School

Vaughan Williams Way, Brentwood, CM14 5RY, 01277 212296

School Meals and Packed Lunches

Please click here to view our Summer Menu

The school  is very proud of the fully equipped production kitchen where hot meals are prepared every day using fresh quality ingredients including organic fruit and vegetables. The staff work with parents and children to provide meals to suit our children as much as possible.


Meals still cost only £2.50 per day for pupils in Years 3,4,5 and 6 and are payable online.


If your child has an allergy to a type of food, or cannot eat certain foods for religious reasons, his/her photo will be displayed in the servery with relevant details and alternatives will always be available.


Various diets can be catered for, including:


  • Egg free
  • Fish/seafood free
  • Wheat free/coeliac disease
  • Milk free
  • Vegetarian
  • No tomatoes
  • Nut free
  • No chicken
  • No pork
  • No beef
  • No soya products
  • Or any combination


School Pupil Premium Funding

Did you know that schools can receive up to £1455 funding for every child that resides in a low income household?


If your child is in Reception, Year 1 or 2 you can check your eligibility by clicking here and completing the short application form.  The website is secure and will ask for details including your name, national insurance number and date of birth. Once the application is completed online you and the school will be advised of the outcome and the school can access the additional funding.


It is important to note that no other parents or pupils will know you have been assessed and it will not affect any other benefits you are claiming. This is purely for additional school funding to support children’s learning.


Since September 2014, all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 have been entitled to receive a free school meal, regardless of income, in line with the Government’s Universal Infant Free School Meals initiative. There is no need to make an application for Free School Meals for parents of these children. Therefore you should only apply for free school meals in the August of the year that your child is entering Year 3.


Pupils from Year 3 to 6 – Free School Meals 

Entitlement to free school meals is based on the family receiving one of these benefits:


  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit (not Working Tax Credit), with an annual income of below £16,190
  • Pension Guarantee Credit
  • Employment and Support Allowance, income related
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act, 1999
  • Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit


Children who get any of the above benefits in their own right (i.e. they get benefits payments directly, instead of through a parent or guardian) can also get free school meals.


If you’re entitled to one of the above benefits or have an equivalent low-income, please complete the online application form here


We are also able to provide Cost of Living Support and Assistance to all households in the Essex Area, please click on this link HERE to find valuable information regarding help you may be able to access immediately.