School Meals

Flint High School’s canteen is operated by Newydd Catering. They provide a wide range of food choices, created within and in support of The Healthy Eating in Schools (Nutritional Standards and requirements) (Wales) regulations 2013.

‘Our priority is to ensure that all menus provide balanced and nutritious food choices, as an important and integral part of school life.’

Eating healthy nutritionally balanced meals helps support a young person’s continued growth and development, boosting concentration, improving performance and active participation throughout the school day. The set meal price is £2.35.
You can see the menu here.

Cashless Payment

Flint High School operates a cashless system where parents add money to students accounts online via the School Gateway App. We do not use cash registers in the canteen – instead the pupil selects their food from and takes it to one of the ‘Till Pads’, where a member of staff keys in what the pupil has selected and the amount is automatically debited from their account. Students can view their account balance at two points in school and at the till. Ordinarily, students are also able to put cash into their account by using one of the electronic Re-Evaluation Units, which are sited in two places in school. The student places their finger on the reader built into the machine, puts their money in and the account is automatically credited. There are many benefits of cashless catering, such as reduced queuing time and parents can request information if they have concerns about their children eating in school. 

Free School Meals (eFSM)

Some families who meet certain criteria, for example those on lower incomes or in receipt of certain benefits, are entitled to receive a free school meal (eFSM). 

On a successful application for eFSM families are then eligible for other benefits to cover the cost of school essentials such as school uniform grants (PDG).

Even though the roll out of UPFSM will begin in September 2022, and eligible year groups will begin to receive free school meals, families who are eligible for eFSM should continue to use the eFSM application process to ensure they don't lose out on other benefits.

What is Free School Meals (eFSM) Policy?

Free school meals (eFSM) will be provided for pupils whose parents receive:

  • Income Support,
  • Income Based Jobseekers Allowance,
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999,
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance,
  • Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and their annual income does not exceed £16,190,
  • Guarantee element of State Pension Credit,
  • Working Tax Credit 'run-on' - the payment someone may receive for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit or Universal Credit.
  • Universal credit(If earned income is included in the assessment of UC it must be less than £616.66).
How do I apply for eFSM?

You must complete an online form to apply for free school meals (eFSM)

Young people who receive Income Related Employment and Support Allowance, Universal Credit, Income Support or Income Based Job Seekers Allowance in their own right may also be eligible to receive FSM.
The child needs to attend school full time, and includes sixth form students. In order for your child to receive FSM, you will need to fill out this online application form on the Flintshire County Council Website