School lunch is at 12.00pm for children in Reception and KS1 and 12.15pm for KS2. From September 2014 the Government pledged funding to all schools in England to provide every child in Reception and Years 1 and 2 with a meal at lunchtime, known as Universal Free School Meals. If you choose for your child to have a packed lunch it must be a healthy one. This should be a named lunch bag\box and must not include chocolate, fizzy or energy drinks, nuts or products made with nuts (see packed lunch information below).
We do not insist that children eat all the food on their plate but we do encourage them to eat as much as they can. If we think that there may be an issue about not eating sufficient food, we will tell you.
School meal prices are £2.30 for Juniors (Years 3 – 6). Meals must be booked and paid for in advance (no exceptions) either half-termly or on Monday morning for that week. Credits are recorded for days when your child is absent.
All meals must be booked and paid for in advance via your ParentPay account: https://www.parentpay.com/. No debts are allowed to build up on your account so meals that have not been paid for will result in the account being placed on stop immediately and you will be asked to provide a packed lunch for you child.
Dietary Requirements and Allergy Information
If your child has a specific dietary requirement or has any food related allergies please inform the school office immediately.
Free School Meals and Universal Free School Meals
From September 2014 the Government pledged funding to all schools in England to provide every child in Reception and Years 1 and 2 with a hot, healthy and nutritious meal at lunchtime under the Universal Free School Meal scheme (UFSM). In order for our kitchen to cater for the correct numbers please let the school know whether your child will be accepting this free meal.
However, If you receive certain Benefits, you may be eligible to claim free meals for your child(ren) under the Free School Meals scheme (FSM).
The school is allocated important additional funding for every child who is awarded ‘Free School Meals’. These funds are used to benefit the child’s learning opportunities. Once registered for ‘Free School Meals’ the school will continue to receive this funding to benefit the child’s learning throughout their time here, whether he/she has a school meal or not. Even if your child is in the infants and receives ‘universal’ free meals, the school is allocated additional funding if you are entitled to certain benefits and qualify for ‘Free School Meals’.
In order to secure the additional funding, if you are eligible, we urge you to please register for ‘Free School Meals’. You may be eligible if you are entitled to receive one or more of the following:
· Income Support (IS);
· Income – Based Job Seekers Allowance (IBJSA);
· Guaranteed Element of State Pension Credit;
· Child Tax Credit (without working Tax Credit) and an annual income below (£16,190);
· Employment and support allowance (Income Related);
· Support Under Part VI of the Immigration & Asylum Act 1999.
· Working Tax Credit run-on
· Universal Credit
Applications for Free School Meals need to be made online at http://www.gov.uk You will have the opportunity to complete an eligibility assessment yourselves to establish whether you are entitled and if eligible, continue with the application. If you require any assistance in making an online application, the school office will be more than happy to help you. We will be notified of any successful applications straight away via email.
Facilities are available for children to eat their own packed lunches. If you choose for your child to have a packed lunch it must be a healthy one. This should be a named lunch bagbox and must not include, fizzy or energy drinks, nuts or products made with nuts. We have some children in school who are likely to suffer from anaphylactic shock if they come into contact with any nuts. Please do not use peanut butter or chocolate/hazelnut spread as any part of your child’s lunch.
We are unable to store packed lunch food in a refrigerator so please keep this in mind when choosing what to give your child.