School Lunches

At Chatten School lunches are a little different.  

The way lunches are delivered to our pupils will differ depending on their programme.  They may have targets around preparing meals, tolerating foods or tolerating social interactions.  This will effect how lunch works for your child. 

Depending on your child's programme they may utilise the hall, cafe, shops, life-skills room or another school or community utility.

Much like any other school we will provide food for lunches and snacks via one of the following methods:

  1. You can send lunches and snacks in to school yourself.

  2. You can pay for lunches via the Office or Parent Pay in the same way you would pay for school dinners in another school.

  3. You can apply for free school dinners.

If you need help with any of these please get in touch with the school office.

Head Designate: Adam Dean (also person to contact for enquiries)


Contact number: 07821680581

Address: C/O Adam Dean - Market Field School, Elmstead Market, Colchester, Essex, CO7 7ET

Chatten Free School is part of the Hope Learning Community (HLC)

Gary Smith OBE is the CEO of the Hope Learning Community Trust

The Chair of trustees for the HLC is Micheal Andrews

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