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).
Part-time School Dinners
Your child can also go on school dinners on a part time basis.
Monday - School dinner
Tuesday - Packed lunch
Wednesday - School dinner
Thursday - Packed lunch
Friday - School dinner
The following days have to be adhered to so the kitchen staff can plan for this flexibility.
KS1 Free School Meals
All children in reception, year 1 and year 2 in state-funded schools in England will be 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.
The school meal service offers all primary and special schools with a multi choice menu.
When it is your child's birthday you are welcome to join them at lunchtime and enjoy a school dinner. Please contact Mrs Slater to let her know if you wish to join us. Adults meals are priced at £2.80.
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.
The current regulations only allow milk to be provided for Foundation and Key Stage 1 children, for which a small charge of £1.50 per year is payable in the autumn term. We currently run a Key Stage 2 Milk Scheme. Please contact the office if you are interested in your child taking part in this scheme.
KS2 Free School Meals - Changes to free school meal eligibility under Universal Credit - April 2018
What are the new eligibility criteria?
Children are entitled to receive free school meals if they or their parents or guardians receive any of the benefits below.
• Universal Credit, provided they have an annual net earned income not exceeding £7,400 (£616.67 per month)
• Income Support
• Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
• Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
• Support under Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
• The guarantee element of Pension Credit
• Child Tax Credit, provided they are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190, as assessed by HMRC
• Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
I don’t currently claim free school meals – what does this mean for me?
If you think you might be eligible for free school meals, submit a claim to your school or local authority. Your school should have a form you can use. The information you provide will be used to check if you are in receipt of a qualifying benefit and, if you are on Universal Credit, that your earnings do not exceed the threshold. If you claim Universal Credit, your earnings will be assessed from up to three of your last Universal Credit assessment periods.
If you are eligible, your school will be notified. Your child will receive free school meals and the school will receive extra funding.
I am currently claiming free school meals – what does this mean for me?
Most people won’t be affected by the new criteria. If you’re currently claiming free school meals, but don’t’ meet the new criteria, your child will continue to receive free school meals until the end of the Universal Credit rollout period. This will apply even if your earnings rise above the new threshold or if you stop being entitled to Universal Credit. The rollout period is currently scheduled to end in March 2022.
Once Universal Credit is fully rolled out, your child will keep their free school meal until the end of their current phase of education, i.e. primary or secondary.
Where can I get more information?
If you need any further information, please speak to a member of school staff or the local authority. You can also visit the free school meal website by clicking 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.
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.