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Hutchison's - School Meals from April 2023


From 1st April 2023, the school meal catering will be managed by a local catering group called Hutchisons. They currently provide catering to 13 schools across North Tyneside and we were impressed with the service and menu choice when we observed in another local school. If you would like to access their website, please click on the link


As part of this change of providers, there will be a new three week menu and there will also be a new school meal payment system called Appetite: After talking to local schools, they have said this system is simple and easy for parents/carers to use and it also allows you to pay via card and direct debit. If you choose to pay via direct debit, Appetite collects these payments on a monthly basis, in arrears. 


A key option of this new service will be a pre-order system for your child’s school meal on the Appetite System.  Parents can pre order for a day, a week, a month or a term. The system will accept orders until 9am each day. This has many benefits:-


  • Children and parents can select the food they want to eat each day from the menu so children select what they like.
  • Parents know what their child has had to eat.
  • It reduces food wastage.  


We have organised a meeting on Monday 24th April 2.30pm in the school hall, where Hutchisons staff will explain how to use the Appetite system and how to pre order food. There will be an option to taste some of the food on offer and talk to Hutchison’s staff.


If you choose not to pre order food, your child will still get a school meal however there may be a limited choice from the menu that day.


School will create your Appetite account using a parent/carer email address. You will then receive an email from Appetite to set up a password and how to get started -these will go live from Friday 24th March. 


Thank you for your patience and understanding. We want to ensure that the school meal provider offers the best service, menu choice and food quality in order to meet the needs of our pupils.


Yours sincerely,

Mrs Baggett, HeadTeacher