School Meals


At St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School we support our parents who wish their children to live a healthy lifestyle.  For those parents who wish their children to have a cooked meal at lunchtime, the school can provide a school meal that will provide one third of a pupil’s daily requirement of nutrients.  Gateshead Council School Meals Service offers a wide range of healthy options in their nutritionally analysed menus and a team of their catering professionals headed by Mrs Mitchell, our Catering Manager, produce these tasteful meals in school.

The meals cost £2.50 each or £12.50 per week and are payable on Mondays.  Payments may be made by cash or by cheques made payable to Gateshead Council or preferably by using our on-line payment system.

Please click on the link to see the menu.


How can my children receive free school meals?

Your child, or children, may qualify for free school meals if you are able to meet the following criteria:

You or your partner must have a child or children for whom you receive child benefit who is in full time education, under 19 years of age and who attends a local authority school or sixth form.

You and your partner must be in receipt of one of the following benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income Based Job Seekers Allowance (JSA – IB)
  • Guarantee Pension Credit
  • Employment and Support Allowance (ESA Income Related)
  • Child Tax Credit – but not Working Tax Credit – and your income for Tax Credit purposes must be less than £16,190.00 (details are shown on your Tax Credit award notice)
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

If this applies to you, please complete the free school meals application form and return to the address shown.

Parents can be sure that pupils who receive a free school meal are not singled out in any way.


If you stop receiving one of the qualifying benefits; you stop being responsible for the child/children concerned; or your Tax Credit entitlement changes, you MUST inform the Council’s Benefit Section immediately.


Please contact Gateshead Council if you have any queries or require any further information.

Opening hours: Monday – Thursday 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Friday 9.00am – 4.30pm

Revenues & Benefits
Customer Services
Civic Centre
Regent Street

Tel: (0191) 433 3729
Fax: (0191) 433 2066

Please open this link to download an application form for free school meals.

Benefits Free School Meals Application Form 31.05.18 new form2

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