Catering at HLC Primary

Chartwells is pleased to be a partner with Hadley Learning Community and Mitie with the aim of the continual development of the catering service. At Autograph, it is our priority to offer and promote healthy eating for young people with a range of tasty menus focussing on offering pupils delicious, healthy, freshly prepared, high quality food that they will love to eat.

We look forward to continuing to build a positive relationship with customers old and new. Please feel free to contact us at any time via Audra Timmis @

In primary, lunch varies each day. Please see the menu for a full break down of meals. We aim to give the children as much choice as possible so there are numerous options available, including:

  • Main hot dinner
  • Halal hot dinner
  • Vegetarian hot dinner
  • Pasta
  • Sandwiches

*Due to children with allergies we have a no nut policy.

Audra Timmis



Parent Lunches

The parents and children of HLC are always involved in deciding the school menu and have and continue to work closely with Joy to develop this further. Different year groups hold parent lunches throughout the school year. Our parents love coming into school to eat with their children and we love having the opportunity to catch up with them.

Special Days

Special days are a favourite of our children and we have many throughout the year. They are always advertised in school and link with the topics and themes that the children will be celebrating in school.

Lunch Boxes

If your child wishes to bring a packed lunch into school then we urge parents to ensure that it is healthy and meets the recommendations for children’s diets. Fizzy drinks and sweets are discouraged. Fruit is given to the children at break times.

Free School Meals

School meals are offered to all of our Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 children. We do expect the children to use this option and have a school meal. As the children leave Year 2, Mrs Petford will contact parents and then there is an option to apply to extend free school meal entitlement into KS2. If you feel like your child, may be entitled to a free school meal, please follow this link to apply.


However, once the application is filled in, please allow at least two weeks for Telford and Wrekin to assess the application.


How to Pay for School Lunch

All children at HLC primary are given a pin which is linked to lunch money machines in school. There are 2 cash machines which are located in the Primary Reception area and the Community Reception area.  Both cash machines do not accept 1p or 2p’s. Parents can credit children’s lunch accounts using this pin on a daily basis. Or, alternatively, if you would like to pay for meals in advance. Accounts can be credited in advance. It is the parent/carer’s responsibility to keep the account in credit by £2.30 when ordering a meal in class.

We look forward to continuing to build a positive relationship with customers old and new. Please feel free to contact us at any time via Audra Timmis

ParentPay - our new online payment service

We are pleased to announce that we now accept payments online for items such as dinner money, school trips and uniform via a secure website called ParentPay. You can pay online using your credit / debit card or continue to make cash payments at PayPoint stores. ParentPay is our preferred method of making payments to school. You will have received an activation email to set up your ParentPay account.

For more information visit


This year Public Health England have released new recommendations for industry to reduce sugar in food. Autograph are committed to supporting pupils to achieve a healthy diet and our Eat Well Live Well strategy includes the following commitments to reduce sugar:

  • Desserts

    Our homemade desserts are developed by our Executive Chef to reduce the amount of sugar and include healthy ingrediants such as wholegrain cereals, fruits and vegetables.

  • Drinks

    All drinks are compliant with the School Food Standards Healthy Drinks List.

  • Confectionary

    We do not serve any confectionary.

  • Suppliers

    We work closely with our suppliers to source nutritionally preferable ingrediants which are lower in suger.

Classroom Cooks
HLC's Veggie Bolognaise Dream with Pasta Twists Well done to all of our mini menu developers who have created some truly fantastic dishes for your child to enjoy. Autographs Chefs and Nutritionists were very impressed with the love of good food and understanding of the benefits of eating well!