Lunch in School

All children in reception, year 1 and year 2 in state-funded schools in England are eligible for free school meals.

Please inform your school if you do not wish to receive this offer, otherwise your child will automatically be opted in to the free school meal.

For KS2 children (years 3 to 6) school meals will be £2.30 per day and therefore £11.50 per week.

All payments for school dinners are carried out via parentpay.  Please access the ParentPay website via the picture link.

If you have any queries about parentpay please contact Mrs Taylor in the school office.

Certified Ingredients

The catering service has been awarded the Soil Association's Food for Life Catering Mark, the Marine Stewardship Council’s Chain of Custody Standard, and the Good Egg Award.

The Food for Life award provides an independent guarantee that what's on your menu is freshly prepared, free from undesirable additives and better for animal welfare.

The Chain of Custody standard acknowledges that fish is only purchased from suppliers who support and source from sustainable fish stocks.

The Good Egg Awards celebrate companies who are showing leadership by sourcing or switching to cage-free eggs (barn, free-range or organic eggs).

Please click on the picture link to see sample menus.

Part-time School Dinners

Your child can also go on school dinners on a part time basis. Please see school office for more information.

 

Birthday Lunches

When it is your child's birthday you are welcome to join them at lunchtime and enjoy a school dinner.  Please contact the school office to let her know if you wish to join us.  Adults meals are priced at £3.00.

No Nut Policy

We have a number of children in school with severe nut allergies and therefore, we cannot allow any food products containing nuts in school, eg. peanut butter, Snickers Bars. If your child brings a packed lunch, please ensure it is nut-free.

Fruit and Vegetable Scheme

As part of a government initiative to encourage healthier eating, our Foundation and Key Stage 1 children are offered a free piece of fruit or vegetable daily. This may include satsumas, bananas, apples, pears, cherry tomatoes or carrots.

Milk

The current regulations only allow milk to be provided for Reception Class children, for which a small charge of £1.50 per year is payable in the autumn term. Children from year 1 to 6 can purchase Milk for 20p per day.  Please ensure you notify the school office if your child wishes to have milk payment can be set up on ParentPay.

Means-tested Free School Meals Eligibility

You can get free school meals if your child attends a local authority maintained school (not private) and you receive one of the following: 

  • Income Support (IS)
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance (IBJSA)
  • An income-related employment and support allowance
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you are not entitled to Working Tax Credit) and have an annual income (as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs) that does not exceed the current year’s level
  • the Guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Working Tax Credit during the four-week period immediately after your employment finished, or after you start to work less than 16 hours per week.
  • Universal Credit, provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400 (£616.67 per month) )

Additionally:

  • You, as the parent or guardian, must Receive Child Benefit for the child you are responsible for.
  • Children who receive IS or IBJSA in their own right are also entitled to receive free school meals.
  • Children who receive “education suitable for children who have not attained compulsory school age” will still need to satisfy the additional requirement of “receiving education both before and after the lunch period”, before being eligible to receive free school meals. 
There are also cases where the parent/guardian whose children may be eligible for free school meals is not on Housing Benefit/Council Tax Reduction, i.e. where they are not the householder.  This is generally the case where the pupils’ parent/guardian lives in another household.
 
For more information or to apply please click on the picture link.
 

Water Bottles in School

Please continue to support the school's Healthy School's policy to ensure that your child brings a clean, fresh water bottle to school. No squash and cordials please.

Replacement bottles can be purchased from the school office from 8.30-4pm at a cost of £2.

Guidelines for Healthy Packed Lunches

At least one portion of fruit and one portion of vegetables every day

  • Meat, fish or other source of non-dairy protein (eg lentils, kidney beans, chickpeas, hummus, and falafel) every day.
  • Oily fish, such as salmon, at least once every three weeks.
  • A starchy food such as any type of bread, pasta, rice, couscous, noodles, potatoes or other type of cereals every day.
  • Dairy food such as milk, cheese, yoghurt, fromage frais or custard everyday.
  • Only water, still or sparkling, fruit juice, semi-skimmed or skimmed milk, yoghurt or milk drinks and smoothies.
  • Packed lunches should have limited items such as:
  • Crisps - Instead, include seeds, vegetables and fruit (with no added salt, sugar or fat). Savoury crackers or breadsticks served with fruit, vegetables or diary food are also a good choice.
  • Confectionary such as chocolate bars, chocolate-coated biscuits and sweets are not encouraged at school. Please only allow your child to eat cakes and biscuits as part of a balanced meal.
  • Meat products such as sausage rolls, individual pies, corned meat and sausages/chipolatas should only be included occasionally.

NO NUTS PLEASE

For more ideas please visit Change 4 Life Packed Lunches

Special Diets and Allergies

Please be aware we have a number of children in school with quite serere food allergies including peanut and kiwi. Please to not send you child to school with these items.

  • We recommend you visit the website below for accurate, reliable information on managing allergies in schools.

https://www.allergyuk.org/living-with-allergy/starting-school