Pay for school meals

Paying for school meals

First, Primary 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

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 - A new cashless system

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

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

Catering Services operate an online  cashless system, Parentpay, for the payment of school meals.  This system ensuree 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 is no longer taken at school, and our new casshless system offers parents and students a range of ways to pay onsite or online.  Parents need to set up a Parentpay account with an activation user name and password which can be sent to you by email or letter.  Students require a QR code or pin number to pay for meals at the till and this can be requested by email.

To request activation details or a QR code email -

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: