Cooked meals are prepared on the premises and offer the children a wide variety of healthy foods. There is a vegetarian choice each day. The meals are eaten in the hall when possible (or in your child’s classroom during COVID), and the current cost is £2.20 a day or £11.00 a week. To help with administration and security, we request that all dinner money is paid at the beginning of the week.
Information and forms about free school meals can be obtained from the Education Office at the Civic Centre.
Children can bring their own packed lunches. They are eaten alongside the children taking cooked meals in the hall. We ask that food is transported in plastic containers and for safety reasons, we do not allow hot liquids in flasks. As part of our healthy school programme, we also ask that children do not bring chocolate or fizzy drinks.
We do not allow the eating of sweets at school. Children in the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 receive a free piece of fruit or vegetable each day as part of the government’s national scheme. Children in Key Stage 2 may bring fruit to eat at playtime. A Healthy Tuck Shop is available for them and fruit costs 20p.
Please note that it is the parents’/carers’ responsibility to ensure that their child is adequately fed. This can mean providing the money for a school meal in advance, providing a packed lunch on the day or taking the child home/off the school premises to be fed.
DID YOU KNOW … JUST REGISTERING YOUR CHILD FOR FREE SCHOOL MEALS COULD MEAN THE SCHOOL RECEIVES EXTRA MONEY?
The government gives schools money to help children from lower income families do their best. This funding is called “Pupil Premium”. For every child registered, our school receives £1,320 from September 2016. With this money, we are able to purchase new resources and enhance our provision which the school could not otherwise afford.
In order for the school to receive these additional funding parents must register their child for a Free School Meal if they are eligible. This includes any parents of pupils in Reception, Year 1 and 2 who now automatically receive a free school meal.
Are you eligible?
Your child, or children, may qualify for free school meals if you are able to meet the following criteria:
You or your partner must have a child or children for whom you receive child benefit who is in full-time education, under 19 years of age and who attends a local authority school or sixth form.
You and your partner must be in receipt of one of the following benefits:
- Income Support
- Income Based Job Seekers Allowance (JSA – IB)
- Guarantee Pension Credit
- Employment and Support Allowance (ESA Income Related)
- Child Tax Credit – but not Working Tax Credit – and your income for Tax Credit purposes must be less than £16,190.00 (details are shown on your Tax Credit award notice)
- Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
How to apply
If this applies to you, please complete our free school meals application form and return it to the address shown.
If you satisfy the requirements for your child/children to receive free school meals and submit the information required over the page, the school will be informed of this, and free meals will be available immediately.
Parents can be sure that pupils who receive a free school meal are not singled out in any way.
If you stop receiving one of the qualifying benefits; or you stop being responsible for the child/children concerned; or your Tax Credit entitlement changes, you MUST inform the Council’s Benefit Section immediately.
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