Harlington School is committed to healthy eating and is proud to work with Chartwells, who provide freshly cooked food every day. The school has been awarded the Healthy School Status.  The dining room has recently been refurbished with café style furniture and a cashless payment system.  Students may bring in their own food if they so wish – but the school encourages students to eat healthy packed lunches if they are brought in.

Please note that we may confiscate ‘energy drinks’ such as Red Bull or similar from students, due to the detrimental effect on children’s behaviour.

Full details of the term’s menus can be found on the school website, but the following is a general guide to the food on offer:

  • There is a meat and vegetarian hot food choice served every day, as well as jacket potatoes and pasta dishes and a hot pudding.
  • Fish and chips are served every Friday.
  • There is a choice of Halal and Non Halal Meat Dishes every day –   all chicken dishes are Halal; other meats are Non Halal.
  • Our cold food offer includes sandwiches, wraps, baguettes and rolls. A choice of cheese, egg, tuna and chicken fillings is usually available. We also have fruit, muffins and salads available. A wide range of healthy water, fruit juice or milk based drinks is available.

Please see the examples and information below

Harlington School Summer Term Menu

The Chartwells Story

Understanding Nutrition

Students in Years 7 – 11 are not permitted to leave Harlington School premises at break or lunchtime to buy food or to go home.

Did you know?  If your child is eligible for Free School Meals, they not only get £2.10 per day for lunch (which can buy a 2 course hot dinner or a sandwich deal), but you can also claim for discounts on school trip costs and extra-curricular events such as music lessons?

Due to our cashless dining system, no child who has free school meals can be identified.  Please contact us to see if you are eligible – the school also can increase its staff and opportunities for students, as we receive an extra £900 per year for every child who claims Free School Meals! See below for details.

Paying for School Lunches

All students pay for their food via a biometric cashless system.  Parents may top up their child’s account online using ParentPay or students may use cash to top-up their account at the machine.  Free School Meal accounts are topped up automatically each day, but students cannot ‘carry forward’ their FSM allowance.

Apart from the last day of every term, students may only use their Free School Meal allowance at lunchtime, not at break-time.

If your circumstances change, you may wish to check to see if you are eligible for Free School Meals by logging onto the website or by contacting the Finance Department at school.