School Meals

Tetherdown Primary School use Pabulum catering services.  Our dedicated Pabulum team is led by Millie Stewart Chef Manager. Pabulum’s Vision is to be at the forefront of improving the next generation’s health and well-being, by shaping the food culture in education that inspires a passion and love of fresh food – without compromise. 


We feel strongly about educating the younger generation on healthy eating by providing fresh and wholesome food, as it's through a balanced diet and healthy food choices that children can maintain higher classroom concentration levels. 94% of our food is freshly prepared in Tetherdown Primary School’s kitchen and 75% of the food is British and locally sourced. 

Available every day at lunchtime and made fresh in our kitchen we offer:

  •         A choice of meat/fish or vegetarian main meal
  •          Unlimited salad bar with eight delicious choices
  •          Jacket potato with a variety of fillings
  •          Two choices of unlimited freshly baked wholemeal bread
  •          Homemade dessert
  •          Fresh mixed fruit platter
  •          Homemade yoghurt or mousse

Break Times & Healthy Treats 

The children are allowed to bring in a piece of fruit for play times. Sweets, chewing gum and crisps are not allowed. Please remember that we are a no nuts school. Children in Reception, Years 1 & 2 will be offered a piece of fruit, usually at morning break, as part of the National Fruit Scheme. 


Birthdays & Healthy Treats

Children may also bring in a little treat to share with their friends in class, usually on the occasion of their birthday. Please ensure these are healthy treats, such as fruit or another tiny gift such as donating a book to the school library for all children to enjoy.

School Menu

Click here for Pabulum's new seasonal menu. From here parents can view and download a copy of our new menu, which will include allergen information for each dish. We have removed all allergens from our Salad Bar replacing the Mayonnaise dressed items with lighter options dressed in a simple Vinaigrette, and swapping the white carb heavy options of Pasta Salad and Rice Salad for simple, colourful Salads packed with fibre and nutrients. 


Some children will still choose to bring a packed lunch. We would ask that these do not contain sweets, chocolates or fizzy drinks. Children are not allowed to share food with a friend, as many children suffer from allergic reactions to a range of foods, so please reinforce this point at home. 

Due to very serious allergies, which may result in anaphylactic shock: NO NUTS are allowed in school. Children may bring a drink, but for safety reasons there should be no bottles or cans.


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School Dinner Preference and Costs

Pupils taking a school dinner pay half termly or termly in advance. 

The cost of a school dinner is £2.65.


Tetherdown School use a system called School Interviews to register school meal preferences and changes.

1. School meal preference change requests are accepted online TWICE termly ONLY, at half term and the end of term. Meal preference changes are not accepted outside of these times unless for medical reasons. 

***If you don't wish to change your current meal preference then you don't need to do anything and your meal preference will remain the same. However, all pupils will be contacted in advance so you can advise us of your dinner/bento box choice (Meat or Veg) or whether you wish to change to packed lunch*** 

2. Note: children registered for a school dinner will be having their dinner as normal but delivered in a Bento box, to their 'bubble', in the classroom Mon-Fri (5 days) at a cost of £2.65 per box. 

3. You will be notified via ParentPay when you can register your school meal preference change request.


If you miss the change request window, the next opportunity to change your child's meal preference will either be at half term or the end of Term. 

Transitioning from Year 2 into Year 3 and School Meals

If your child is in Year 2 and transitioning into Year 3, at the start of any new academic year you are no longer eligible for Universal Infant Free School Meals (UIFSM).


Year 2 parents need to consider whether you wish your child to continue with school dinners in the Autumn Term (Sept) or move to packed lunch. The Universal Infant Free School Meal (UIFSM) scheme has covered the costs of your dinners up until the end of the academic year (July), but when your child starts Year 3 in September school meals will be charged £2.65 per dinner. 


The school will assume new Year 3 pupils are taking a school dinner 5 days per week and you will be charged accordingly, unless you notify us by completing our online form which is emailed to Year 2 families in the Summer Term.

If your child is in Year 2 and transitioning into Year 3, at the start of any new academic year you are no longer eligible for UIFSM.

Free School Meals 

Note: FSM is NOT the same as Universal Infant Free School Meals (UIFSM) where the government provides funding for reception, Y1 and Y2.


Your child may be entitled to Free School Meals (FSMs) if you receive one of the following benefits:

•             Income Support

•             Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (IBJSA)

•             Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (IRESA)

•             Support under Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

•             Guarantee credit element of State Pension Credit

•             Child Tax Credit

•             Working Tax Credit run-on

•             Universal Credit

Please check with Haringey Local Authority to see whether you qualify as there are specific limits:

Further information is available via the following link:


If you are eligible for FSM, you can apply online to submit the application to your local council.

If you qualify, the school will be notified by the council however, we ask you to bring your letter of confirmation.


Your child will receive free school meals and Tetherdown will receive extra funding. 


If you are currently in receipt of FSM and are moving into Haringey from a different borough it is YOUR responsibility to inform Haringey local authority that you are in receipt of FSM. If you have lost your proof, you need to contact your former local authority or school who will be able to provide proof. You must send this proof to Haringey. Haringey will advise us of your entitlement when they receive your proof.

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