Pay for school meals

Paying for school meals

First, Primary, Middle and Special schools

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 www.joinos.com

IMPORTANT UPDATE - From January 2021 there will be a rollout programme to move schools from JOINOS payment website to PARENTPAY payment website.  You will be notified by your school when this is due to change.

Secondary Schools

Catering Services operate an online cashless system, ParentPay, for the payment of school meals.  The system ensures all 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 is no longer taken at school and in addition to Parentpay, contactless card payments can be made at the till by students.  All parents should set up a Parentpay account in order to monitor meals purchased by your child, as all students will be served a meal if they come to the counter, regardless if they have credit on their account and this will be recorded as a sale on their ParentPay account.  To set up a ParentPay account, you require an activation user name and password which can be sent by email or letter to you.  Students also require a QR code or pin number to pay for meals at the till and this can be requested by email.

Schools using ParentPay - Churchill Community College; John Spence Community High; Longbenton High; Marden High; Monkseaton High; Norham High and Whitley Bay High.

To request activation details or a QR code email:-

parentpay@northtyneside.gov.uk

Students who are entitled to free school meals will always remain anonymous as all students 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 by the student or parent, using your ParentPay account or making a card payment in school at time of purchase. 

New Facility - Automatic top-up payments now available with ParentPay

Auto top up assists parents and carers in ensuring their child's school meal balance is always in credit.  It does so by allowing you to set a minimum balance which, when breached automatically credits your child's meal balance by a fixed amount using a balance transfer payment.  In order to use auto top-up, you are required to set up the bank transfer facility on your Parentpay account.  As soon as this is authorised and completed by your bank, you will be able to use the outo top-up facility.

For more information visit www.parentpay.com/bank-transfer-and-auto-top-up/

Register and Pay for school meals online at www.parentpay.com

For FAQ's and more information www.parentpay.com/parents/

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

How to activate your ParentPay account? https://parentpay.wistia.com/medias/knza87f1wm

How to add a child to an existing ParentPay account?  https://parentpay.wistia.com/medias/i256ib6jp0

How to make a payment by credit or debit card?  https://parentpay.wistia.com/medias/ae1fqykk8d

How to set up a bank transfer and make a payment?  https://parentpay.wistia.com/medias/2b3xg3890m

How to top up the Parent account balance and make a payment?  https://parentpay.wistia.com/medias/6gv94ydrbj

How to set up alerts and send messages?  https://parentpay.wistia.com/medias/6a217ihl3g

How to view the transaction history?  https://parentpay.wistia.com/medias/kst5q557ok

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Contact us

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

Primary School Meal Payments email: joinos@northtyneside.gov.uk
Secondary School Meal Payments email: parentpay@northtyneside.gov.uk