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School Meals Provided by Mellors Catering

Old Park has its own kitchen run by Mellors. They provide well balanced meals cooked on the premises. Meals are £2.30 a day.

The benefits of using Mellors Catering are as follows:

  • Your children get the dish they want, every day
  • Cooks can be shown dietary notes when serving your child
  • Pay online or via PayPoint for 24/7 payment. Not limited to School Office hours.
  • Payment method means no hassle finding correct cash
  • You can pre-order online for up to a term in one go
  • You can you easily track your account online
  • Monthly direct statements show you what your child at
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How To Guides (PDF Files)

How to – Pre-Booking Meals
Adding and using Parent Account Credit
How to make meal or event bookings
How to pay for items
How to update your username and password
How to view payment history

Free School Meals

We know that there are lots of things for your family to consider when the new school year begins’ but have you and your child decided what they will be having for lunch every day?

School meals will give your child a real appetite for learning and help them to achieve their full potential.  Did you know that you child could qualify for free school meals?  If your child is eligible it means they can enjoy delicious, healthy meals without the bills and the fuss of of making packed lunches.  Many children at our school are already eating free school meals, and your child may be able to have them too.

There is nothing healthier for your child and your family’s budget than free school meals.  As professional cooks prepare meals for your child, it saves you having to worry about the effort and expense of making packed lunches every day.  With our school catering system you can still choose exactly what your child is eating everyday.  (Please see the Mellors catering page for more information).

Your child may be entitled to receive free school meals if you are entitled to receive one of the following:

  • Employment and Support Allowance (income related)
  • Income Support
  • Guaranteed Pension Credit (including Child Tax Credit)
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Support from the National Asylum Support Service.

Find out if you are eligible by clicking this link.  Alternatively you can speak to someone in the school office who will try and assist you.

Phone: 0121 526 2669

Email: school.office@oldparkprimary.com

Universal School Meals

School meals are free for pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2.  Please to see below on how to book your school meal.

Pre-ordering your School Meal

The school will have generated a welcome leter for ParentPay, our purchasing and ordering service. Using this, you can setup your account and find the option to order meals. If you have multiple children at our school, or another school that also uses ParentPay, you can set them up on the same account. This saves you from having multiple accounts.

Please note that on the pre-order page, your choices are saved on the system as soon as you select them – there is no need to click ‘save’.  To confirm that the choice has been saved at the kitchens end, the title bar for the day will turn green.

Pre-orders can be made up to midnight the day before. There is no charge for cancelling orders at any time, and you will not be charged for pre-orders if your child is ill.

Paying for your School Meal

There a few of ways you can pay for your school meal.

Debit card – Log into your ParentPay account and load credit onto it via your debit card

PayPoint – Using the barcode provided on your welcome letter, you can load credit onto your account in cash using PayPoint. You’ll find PayPoint systems across the country. To locate your local PayPoint use the PayPoint Site Locator on the PayPoint website. If you wish to use a PayPoint card, please contact us and we can arrange to have a card delivered to you.

Free School Meals – If your child is in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 they are eligible to receive Universal Free School Meals.  These will automatically be debited from their account.  If your child is in Year 3 – 6 go to our Free School Meals page to see if your child is eligible.


If you need to set up a pre-order account please contact the School Office, and we can arrange for you to get new welcome information sent to you.  You can phone us on 0121 526 2669 or email school.office@oldparkprimary.com

If you have any questions about the food and it’s nutritional values, you can contact Mellors, who will be more than happy to talk through any questions you may have.


For more help on accessing and using ParentPay, please see the ParentPay Parent Support pages.

ParentPay have also produced some handy help guides, which we are providing here.