The lunchtime catering is provided by Independent Catering Limited.
Each day every child has the choice of three meal options, a dessert and unlimited bread and salad from the salad bar. There is of course unlimited water to accompany the meal.
Parents can choose their child's meal in advance online via Parentpay, or can order it when they drop off their younger children in the morning. We encourage the older students to select it themselves using the screen in each classroom.
Paying for Meals
Pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are entitled to receive a free school meal each day. Parents/carers need to pay £2.34 for each meal.
This is done in advance through Parentpay.
Parents are encouraged to keep their childs lunch balance topped up sufficiently. Instructions as to how to set free email alerts if your balance falls below a set limit can be found further down this page.
If your child is in Nursery (full time) or Years 3-6, free school meals may be provided for your children if you are receiving certain benefits.
For further details and how to apply are on the Free School Meals page of our website.
Special Diets & Allergies
Independent Catering deliver a tree nut and peanut free catering operation at Knollmead. The daily menus clearly show which of the 14 listed allergens each dish contains, so parents can confidently select meals for suitable for children with allergies. If you want to know more about the ingredients in the food or if your child requires a special diet due to a medical condition, please do contact the school who will gladly arrange a meeting with you and the Chef. None of the meat served at Knollmead is Halal.
Setting a Free Low Balance Email Alert
Setting up a low balance alert is really worthwhile. To set up alerts follow these steps:
Log into your ParentPay account
Click the ‘Communications’ tab
Then click ‘Alert settings’ - from here you can choose to receive email alerts
You will need to enter the threshold for balance alerts. For example, if you enter £10.00 as the threshold for Low Balance Reminders you receive an email alert when your child’s balance drops below £10.00
Guide to making a payment for meals via parentpay
Login details will be given to the parents of all new students when they start.
Free School Meals
Many children are eligible for free school meals based on age and family income.
Free school meals may be provided for your children if you are receiving any of the following benefits:
income-based job seeker’s allowance
income-related employment and support allowance
the guarantee element of state pension credit
support under part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
child tax credit (but not working tax credit) and have an annual income of less than £16,190
Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
You can apply online at:
As well as your child receiving a nutritious meal every day the school receives extra funding to help support your child.
Please look at the flow chart linked below to see if your child is eligible: