School meals

Extension of free school meals from September 2023

All primary school pupils in Newport will be able to have a free school meal from this September.

From the autumn term, the city council is rolling out the universal free school meal offer ahead of the Welsh Government’s target date in 2024.

It had asked councils to extend the scheme to years three and four from September but pupils in years five and six will also be included in Newport.

Read more on our free school meals page


Newport City Council and our school catering contractors Chartwells aim to ensure that every pupil in school in Newport is able to receive a nutritious, freshly cooked, affordable main mid-day meal each day.

School kitchens are inspected as part of the national food hygiene ratings system - follow the link and put in the school name or postcode.

Free milk for primary school children

All pupils in nursery and infant schools receive a free one third of a pint of milk each day.

Milk is also provided to pupils in residential special schools and to pupils in other schools who need milk on medical grounds.

Pay for school meals

Parentpay is the secure online payment system available in all Newport primary and special schools with the exception of Malpas Church In Wales, Millbrook and Monnow primary schools.

Parentpay is used by all Newport secondary schools apart from St Josephs RC High School.

Further information

Contact Newport City Council and ask for the schools meals team. 

Download and complete the schools meal service complaint form (PDF) if you wish to make a complaint.