School Meals

School meals are provided and managed by Warrington Borough Council.

All state funded infant school children (i.e. those in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2) receive a free school lunch. Other children can purchase meals for £2.30, but may be entitled to free school meals if their parents/carers are in receipt of certain benefits.  

Further information on meals, payments and the latest menu are available to view and download from the schools' section of the Warrington Borough Council website.

If you have any queries regarding the School meals service please contact the School Meals Manager, Pat Lyons -

Parents may choose to send their child with a packed lunch. Please note, hot food and drinks, fizzy drinks and glass bottles are not permitted. Cherry Tree is a healthy school - please send healthy snacks with your child.
We are a nut free school (as several of our students have serious nut allergies) - please do not send any products containing nuts into school.
We currently have two online payments systems:
  • School Money (which is now under the umbrella branding of Edu Spot), for payments to do with school trips, swimming lessons, etc. and
  • ParentPay is our new payment system for school meals, and we are now also using it for extra curricular club bookings as well. All our families need to set up a ParentPay account (even if your child receives free school meals). This account not only allows you to pay for your children's meals, but will also allow you to monitor which meals your children are selecting on a daily basis. (Obviously if you are in receipt of free school meals you will not need to add credit to your account, unless you wish to sign your child up to any extra-curricular clubs).  
We hope in time to be able to move to just one payment site, unfortunately we will be tied into having two for a while yet. Please ensure you keep your ParentPay in credit for school meal payments.
HELPFUL TIP:  We suggest you set up a low balance alert - where you will be sent an email and/or text when your child's balance reaches a level chosen by you (NB: there may be a charge for texts, but emails are free). To do this, simply log into ParentPay, go to 'Communications' then 'Alert Settings'. Please contact the school office if you need any help.
Please note that if your account goes into debt for school lunches for three days, we will ring you to inform you and you will have to provide a packed lunch until the debit is cleared.
It is easy to add a ParentPay link onto your smart phone:  
If you are unable to operate an online account it is possible to make payments via PayPoint. Click the PayPoint logo below to find out your nearest PayPoint stores.  Please note, the Co-op on Cherry Lane is currently a PayPoint store.