William Patten Primary School
Stoke Newington Church Street
London N16 0NX
Office Manager: Rita Quigley
SENDCo: Caitlin Shaw

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William Patten Primary School


We pride ourselves on our school meals at William Patten and are fortunate to have an experienced chef Ali and a caring team of kitchen assistants. Please see our lovely lunch menus below.

Meals are cooked on the premises and we work constantly to make sure our meals are healthy, fresh and tasty. We try to support local traders as much as possible and buy all our fish, chicken, fruit and vegetables locally.
Children are consulted about the menus via the School Council and any suggestions used to inform our planning.


WP LUNCH MENUS Summer 2023 + allergens

We do not cook beef or pork, and the chicken we cook is halal. We always have a vegetarian option on the menu and have increased the number of vegan meals we serve. The children eat in the first floor hall and are supervised by meal supervisors. Children are encouraged to eat a balanced meal and try small amounts of new food.

We hope to restart our yearly ‘Come Dine With Us’ days for the three Keystages (EYFS, KS1 and KS2) when parents can come in to school and eat with their children to see how excellent the food is. Due to covid restrictions we were unable to host this event last year.

We have a special Christmas dinner at the end of the Autumn term and a special Chinese New Year lunch in the Spring term. To celebrate Hispanic week, we have a Spanish themed menu in June. Children who usually have packed lunches are welcome to have these special themed meals and parents can pay through PAY360 (previously SIMS PAY).

Universal Free School Meals

In September 2014 the government introduced universal infant free school meals for all pupils in Reception, Years 1 and 2. In order for the school to recognise who is eligible for universal meals and who qualifies for free school meals for funding purposes we would encourage all parents to register by completing an application form even if the child does not wish to receive a meal.

Please click here to register. 

Dinner money for Years 3-6

The price of each school meal is £2.75. We use the online payment system: PAY360 and would encourage parents to pay for their child’s dinner money through this system.

Free school meals

Your child (Years 3-6) can have free school meals if you receive Income Support, Job Seekers Allowance, Child Tax Credit if your income is no more than £16,190 (and you do not get Working Tax Credit), or if you receive Support under part Vl of the Immigration and Asylum Act.

You can apply online through the Hackney Education website
Forms are also available from the school office. Please ask us if you are not sure if your child is eligible.

Packed lunches

If your child has a packed lunch from home, please ensure it is healthy and nutritious.

According to NHS choices a balanced lunchbox should contain:

  • Starchy foods like bread (or bagel/wrap), rice, potatoes or pasta
  • Protein foods like meat, fish, eggs or beans
  • A dairy item, like cheese or yogurt
  • Vegetables or salad and a portion of fruit

Please DO NOT include: drinks with added sugar, chocolate, biscuits or sweets in any form.

A small packet of crisps will be allowed on FRIDAY ONLY.


For ideas on healthy packed lunch options visit:


Fruit scheme

The children in Nursery, Reception and Years 1 and 2 receive fruit every day, as part of the government’s free fruit scheme for children under the age of seven.