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Lunch Time


School lunch is at 11.55am for children in Reception, 12.00pm for children in KS1 and 12.15pm for children in KS2. From September 2013 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, however, you choose for your child to have a packed lunch it must be a healthy one. It should be in a named lunch bag/box and must not include chocolate bars or sweets, fizzy or energy drinks, nuts or products made with nuts.  We are unable to store packed lunch food in a refrigerator so please keep this in mind when choosing what to give your child.

 

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.

 

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 a nut free school.

School Lunches

 

School meal prices are £2.30 for Juniors (Years 3 – 6).  Meals must be booked and paid for in advance.

 

Payment Methods

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 may 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 2013 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). 

 

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 recommend that you register for ‘Free School Meals’.  You may be eligible if you are entitled to receive one or more of the following:

 

  • Income Support
  • income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • the guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit - if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)

 

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 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.

Packed Lunch

If you choose for your child to have a packed lunch it must be a healthy one. This should be in a named lunch bag/box and must not include, fizzy or energy drinks, nuts or products made with nuts.  We have some children in school who may 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.

 

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