School Meals

School meals are provided and managed by Warrington Borough Council.
 

All children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are entitled to a free school meal. We assume that all children wish to take up this entitlement unless you inform us in writing. Our lunchtime arrangements are flexible; on a daily basis you can choose to send a packed lunch with your child or for them to have a meal from the kitchen.

Children in Year 3 onwards can purchase meals for £2.30, but may be entitled to free school meals if their parents/carers are in receipt of certain benefits. Payments for school meals are now made online via ParentPay.com (we are no longer able to take cash payments). You will only be able to register once your child has actually started at the school. If you are not yet registered for ParentPay please speak to the School Office for your login details. Once you do pay for school meals, it is vital that you keep your ParentPay account in credit; the School Office can advise on setting up ways to help you to do this.

The school menu options run on a 3-week rotation basis, with bread and salad available every day. The menu changes twice a year and is available on our website. Children order their meals at registration time in the mornings. If you wish to choose the main item for your child whilst they are in Reception class, please write the item you would like your child to have for lunch, together with your child's name, on a slip of paper.

Our dinner ladies monitor whether school meals have been eaten. They also encourage children to eat as much of their meal as possible, and also to eat their main course before their pudding! They will make the class teacher aware if they have any concerns.

Further information on meals and payments 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 - plyons@warrington.gov.uk

 
FREE SCHOOL MEALS
 
PACKED LUNCHES & SNACKS
 

If you choose to send a packed lunch for your child, it is not for us to dictate what you choose to give your children for lunch however we are a healthy school, so we would encourage you to choose healthy items for your child’s lunch. We ask you, for safety reasons, not to send your children with flasks containing hot food/drinks. We do not allow glass bottles, tins or fizzy drinks or nut/nut products. 

 
NUT FREE SCHOOL
 
We have children who have severe allergies and therefore we are a nut free school, so no items must be sent to school containing nuts, including Nutella, Snickers etc.
ALL SCHOOL MEALS AT CHERRY TREE ARE NOW CASHLESS 
 
Payments for school meals are now made online via ParentPay.com (we are no longer able to take cash payments). You will only be able to register once your child has actually started at the school. If you are not yet registered for ParentPay please speak to the School Office for your login details. Once you do pay for school meals, it is vital that you keep your ParentPay account in credit: 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 five days, we will contact you to inform you and you will have to provide a packed lunch for your child until the debit is cleared.
HOW TO ADD A PARENTPAY ICON TO YOUR SMARTPHONE
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.