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School Lunches

Parents have the option of providing a packed lunch for their child or a school lunch can be provided, free of charge for the academic year 2023-24, by booking in advance, please see below for further information.  Crisps are discouraged in packed lunches except on Fridays and children are not expected to have chocolate bars, fizzy, fruit juice/squash or energy drinks, only water is permitted.

Although lunches are free for all pupils for the academic year 2023-24, it is important to complete a Free School Meals form (available below), in case your child is eligible for extra funding.  Registering for free meals could raise extra money for the school to fund valuable support like extra tuition, additional teaching staff or after school activities. This additional money is available from central government for every child whose parent is receiving one of the benefits listed on the form.

For those children bringing a packed lunch from home we need to ensure satisfactory storage of the meal until lunchtime. The packed lunch should be in a clearly labelled lunch box/bag and not in a carrier bag!

'HCL' are the catering company that supply our school meals. HCL is an established company who offer a healthy and exciting range of meals. Please download 'Welcome Letter from HCL' for further information. 

Please click on HCL's booking portal, 'School Grid': for all ordering.

Your child will be registered by us with HCL and you will receive an email containing a 're-set password' link. This link is valid for 24 hours. You will then be able to view the menus and choose with your child/children a nutritious lunch.

The School Grid website is PC/Tablet and smartphone friendly so you can order your child/children’s meals from anywhere.

If your child has specific allergies, please inform 'HCL' as soon as possible, using the following link 

There is also a Frequently Asked Questions page for your information available at 

Please download the 'School Grid Parent Leaflet' for all account and booking information.

For any further booking information or queries, please telephone School Grid direct on 01506 300 310.




Files to Download

Hillside Junior School, Northwood Way, Northwood, Middlesex HA6 1RX