Pay for school meals

Paying for school meals


All children in Reception, Year 1 or Year 2 are eligible for Universal Infant Free School Meals.

Unless you are eligible for benefit-based free school meals you will need to pay for school lunches from the start of Year 3.

School meals are great value at only £2.25 a day.

School meals should be paid for:

  • online using Joinos website
  • before they are taken
  • preferable a week in advance

Paying online means that you can do this at a time that's convenient for you.

Pay for school meals online at

Secondary Schools - A new cashless system

Have you registered to set up your Parentpay account to pay for school meals?

Schools using Parentpay - Churchill Community College; John Spence Community High; Longbenton High; Marden High; Monkseaton High; Norham High & Whitley Bay Community High

As part of our work to make school catering Covid-Secure, from the start of the new term in September, Catering Services will operate an online  cashless system, Parentpay, for the payment of school meals.  This system will ensure all our students are able to pay for school meals safely without the risks associated with handling cash and without the need to use biometric data.  Cash will no longer be taken at school, but our new casshless system will offer parents and students a range of ways to pay onsite or online.  You must set up an account as soon as possible and you will have already received your Parentpay activation details and QR code by email or letter.

Students who are entiltled to Free School Meals will always remain anonymous as all student accounts are accessed the same way. Your child's account is credited with £2.25 per day when they are in school.  Additional purchases or over spends on £2.25 need to be paid for, using your Parentpay account.

Register and Pay for school meals online at

For FAQ's and more information

Here are some helpful video's to help you with Parentpay

How to activate your Parentpay account?

How to add a child to an existing Parentpay account?

How to make a payment by credit or debit card?

How to set up a bank transfer and make a payment?

How to top up the Parent account balance and make a payment?

How to set up alerts and send messages?

How to view the transaction history?

Related documents

Contact us

For questions about school meal payments please email your child's name and school to:

Primary School Meal Payments email:
Secondary School Meal Payments email: