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Free School Meals, Grants and Subsidies


Neston High School operates a biometric cashless catering system.  Cashless catering was successfully introduced in December 2011 in response to feedback from parents who wanted the flexibility to pay in advance for school meals online.  It was also introduced to give anonymity to students entitled to free school meals as the daily free school meal allowance is uploaded onto the child’s account automatically each day.

A swipe card is available if you prefer your child not to use the biometric system.

Accounts are be topped up online through our secure online payments portal (

Menus can be viewed from the Student area of the website.


You can now apply for free school meals online by completing a short form using the links below.  Not only do students who are entitled to a free school meal have £2.50 added to their cashless catering account each day to be used to purchase food either at break or lunch time service but they are also eligible for a subsidy on some educational visits.  More information can be viewed on the links below.

Am I Eligible for Free School Meals?
If as parents/guardians/carers you receive one of the following, you may be able to claim for Free School Meals.

• Universal Credit with an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400.

• Income Support.

• Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance.

• Income-related Employment and Support Allowance.

• Support under Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.

• The guarantee element of Pension Credit.

• Working Tax Credit run-on (paid for the four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit). 

• Child Tax Credit (with no Working Tax Credit) with an annual income of no more than £16,190.

Check if you are entitled to a free school meal by following this link - FREE SCHOOL MEAL CHECKER

Free School Meals Helpline – 0300 123 7039

Cheshire West and Chester Free School Meals application form


Breakfast is available to students between 8:15 and 8:35 a.m.  There will also be an opportunity to pre-order a lunch bag for collection at lunch time.  

Neston High School Tariff 

Morning Break

Toast  20p

Hash brown 30p

Bacon roll £1

Pin wheel £1.10

½ panini  90p

Croissant 50p



Plated meal & pudding or cake £2.40

Baked potato 60p fillings 60p (tuna,cheese,baked beans)

Pizza slice or hot wrap £1.20

Pinwheel £1.10

Filled Panini £1.70

Beef/chicken burger £1.50 (Wednesday only)

Baguettes – assorted fillings £2.10

Half baguette – assorted filling £1.40

Sandwiches – assorted filling £1.20-£1.40 – free salad pot

Fruit pot 60p

Fruit jelly 60p

Cakes 60p

Drinks – 200ml/330ml 70p

Drinks – large 500ml £1.20

Drinks – large water £1.00