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School meals at Hexham Middle School are delicious: tasty, healthy and nutritious.

All of our meals are freshly prepared on a daily basis, using good quality ingredients. It is our aim to ensure that all pupils can choose from a wide range of healthy, tasty and nutritious meals and products. We also offer tempting vegetarian options and special diets are catered for too.

A school lunch comprises of 2 courses: A main meal and a dessert.

The daily cost for a school lunch is £2.40.

There is a very good choice to encourage children to eat a well-balanced diet throughout the day. Our menu is produced in line with the Government’s food standards. For those children who bring a packed lunch to school we ask parents to refrain from including confectionery, crisps or fizzy drinks.



Mid-morning break 11.00am – 11.15am

We offer a morning break service which includes a selection of individually priced food and drink.

  • A selection of cereals.
  • A selection of savoury items including toast, toasted sandwiches, teacakes, breakfast muffins, crumpets and breakfast sandwiches.
  • A variety of fresh fruit and yoghurts.
  • A selection of drinks including water, juices and flavoured water.

Lunchtime service 12.15pm – 1.25pm

We offer a varied healthy 2 course set meal. A copy of the menu is available on the school website.

The menu includes:

  • Daily specials including vegetarian options.
  • Filled jacket potatoes.
  • Selection of sandwiches with a variety of fillings.
  • Salad bowls.
  • Hot and cold desserts plus fruit pots, yogurts, fresh fruit.

Additional items are available to purchase at lunchtime which are individually priced.

  • Home baked items e.g. scones, flapjack.
  • Selection of fruit juices, milk, milk shakes, smoothies, water and flavoured water.


Theme Days

Bonfire Themed Menu: 3 November 2017

Following the success of our Mexican and American Theme Days last term, our most recent Theme Day was the Bonfire Themed Menu on Friday 3 November 2017. 

Theme Days

We will be continuing to have regular Theme Days throughout the year linking the menu to educational, cultural and national events; these menus usually offer a healthy and nutritionally balanced meal and often introduce new tastes and flavours which pupils may not have previously experienced. The school food standards do not apply to Theme Days, parties, celebrations to mark religious or cultural occasions, or at fund raising events therefore some of the Theme Days may also allow the students to try items which are normally restricted on the menu and therefore is a real treat for the pupils. We still offer a selection of sandwiches, salads and jacket potatoes so there is always an alternative should your child not wish to take part in the themed menu.

The menus are designed to be fun and encourage those who would normally bring in a packed lunch to sample a school meal. Lunchtime is not just for filling an empty stomach, it's a time to chat and develop social skills. By encouraging as many pupils as possible to take part in Theme Days, more children can enjoy a meal with their friends.


Special diets and allergies

If your child has a special diet or an allergy to any food we would appreciate if you could complete a Special Diet form. These forms are available from the School Office or the school kitchen. If your child would normally have a packed lunch we would still like this form to be completed for our records.

Should you require any further information or if your child has a special dietary requirement, please contact the School Office and we will gladly arrange for our Catering Manager to contact you.


Payment system for school meals at Hexham Middle School

The school operates a biometric cashless school meals system. The biometric system is based on fingertip recognition technology. Every student is issued with an account which allows them to buy food and drink at morning break and lunchtime using their fingertip or pin number.

Crediting a pupil’s account

Online payments

  • Parents/carers can make online payments via the School Gateway smartphone app or the website. Please click the button above or the link below to go to the School Gateway website. You will also be able to view school meal balances and purchases, and top up school meals money at any time.
  • To set up online payments, you will need to visit the website: and click on ‘New User’ using your email address and mobile number that the school holds on record for you: you’ll receive a text message with a PIN number.
  • If you have changed your email or mobile phone number please contact the school and they will update your records to enable you to log in to the School Gateway.
  • Use this PIN to log into School Gateway and complete the initial set up for payments using your bank account number and sort code. After this set up, payments can be made on either the website or the app.
  • The payment is set up as a direct debit. Direct debits are used so that School Gateway can instruct your bank to make payments, but this is only ever done when you make a request on either the School Gateway website or the app. Unlike many other direct debits that are in place, this is not a regular monthly payment – you are completely in control of how much is taken and when it is taken, and are able to cancel the arrangement at any time.
  • To make a payment click on the Payment Box. Click Add School Meals. There is a minimum payment for school meals of £12.00, equivalent to a week’s worth of school lunches, but there is no maximum payment.
  • Once you have paid online and the payment has been processed you will receive an email confirming this.
  • Payment will be received through School Gateway to your child’s school meals account the day you make the payment. However, your bank account may not have the money taken out of it for a few days.

Cheque and cash payments

  • Cheques should be made payable to: Hexham Middle School or HMS.
  • Please write your child’s name on the back of the cheque.
  • Cheques or cash should be placed in an envelope and clearly marked with your child’s name, form class, and amount.
  • Envelopes for school meals are to be put in the cash collection boxes which are located in the Fellside building, Beaumont building, and the Dining Hall.


Free school meals

If a student qualifies for free school meals the monetary value of a two-course lunch is added to the account daily and they have total anonymity with the system. If students wish to purchase items at morning break or additional items at lunchtime above the free school meal allocation of £2.40, money can be added to their account via School Gateway, cheque or cash.

If you think your child might be eligible for free school meals, please make a claim as soon as possible; your child will benefit from the extra funding that the school receives under this scheme. To apply, contact Northumberland County Council at the details below. Please notify the school office when you start your application.

You can check your eligibility and apply either:

  • Online:
  • By telephone: 01670 623 592


Account balance

It would be appreciated if pupils’ accounts maintain a credit balance at all times. Pupils may ask at the till point for their balance however we will endeavour to notify pupils if their balance is low or the account has insufficient funds.

Contact will be made with parents/carers where insufficient funds are available or there is money owing on the pupil’s account.

Pupils leaving school will only be issued a refund if the balance is over £5.00 – please request a refund form from the school office.


Daily spend limit

A daily spend limit can be applied to the account. If you would like to apply a limit, please inform the Catering Manager either by writing it on the cashless envelopes or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Alternatively you can contact the school office: 01434 602533.


Data handling

Certain data will be held on the system to enable accurate operation. This will include the pupil’s name, tutor group, photo, account balance and meal entitlement. This data is handled under the guidelines of the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations) and only used by parties directly involved with the implementation of the system. If you have any concerns please contact the School Office on 01434 602533.



The menus for each week are available below (click on image for full size view):


Should you require any further information or if your child has a special dietary requirement, please contact the School Office and we will gladly arrange for our Catering Manager to contact you.

The Eatwell Plate