Why Choose a School Meal

Free School Meal for ALL children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2

Medina Primary School Dinner Menu


At Medina Primary School, our meals are provided by Caterlink. The meals are prepared off-site, transported in containers and served by Caterlink staff.

Under the Government initiative Universal Infant Free School Meals (UIFSM)), children in Key Stage 1 (Reception to Year 2) are entitled to free school meals. For children not entitled to UIFSM and for those Key Stage 2 (Year 3 to Year 6) children not entitled to benefit related free school meals, the cost of a school meal will be £2.50.

If your child is absent from school and you have not advised us that they will be attending, before 9.15am, we will not order them a school meal and any money paid will be refunded. If your child subsequently arrives at school, after 9:15am, you will be asked to provide a packed lunch.

Please note that meals ordered and not eaten will need to be paid for (Key Stage 2 only).

All school meals must be ordered online (via ScoPay – please see instructions below) in advance – this is to ensure that the kitchen know the number of meals required and to limit movement around school. Please note that it is not possible to order lunches on the day, this is to ensure that the kitchen do not receive any late orders that they may be unable to fulfil. Online orders can be made up until 11:59pm on the night before. Many parents choose to order for the whole term.

In order to ensure that your child knows what they are having for lunch, please choose your child’s meal with them. Medina staff will not change choices made at home.

Children with diagnosed dietary needs will be provided with a special menu. Evidence of the dietary need must be provided.

If you require any assistance with online ordering, or if your child has any allergies or specific dietary needs, please email: admin@medina.portsmouth.sch.uk

How to use SCOPAY to Order Lunches

Packed Lunch

Children may bring a packed lunch. They should bring their lunch in a small plastic box and any drinks must be in a plastic container. Please clearly mark all items with your child’s name and class. Children are encouraged to bring a healthy lunch. No fizzy drinks or chocolate bars should be included in their lunch box.

Home for Lunch

Children may go home for lunch and indeed, for the younger children, this is a good option as it allows them to have a complete break during the day. Children must be signed out/in via the School Office.

Apply for Free School Meals (FSM)