FREE SCHOOL MEALS - Do you think you are eligible?
Your child may be able to get free school meals if you get any 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)
In order to make an application which will take around 5 minutes, please CLICK HERE to go directly to the Online Free School Meal Application Portal OR ring the school office and we can do this for you with your permission.
It doesn't take long to apply and you will receive an immediate decision.
Children can either have a meal provided by our caterers, Lunchtime Company or they can bring in a packed lunch from home.
There is a daily choice of either a main meal, vegetarian, jacket potato, pasta bowl or packed lunch which are all provided by Lunchtime Company.
School meals are provided universally free of charge for all children in Key Stage One - Reception, Year 1 and Year 2.
The cost of a meal is £2.05 per day for all children in Key Stage 2, the remaining year groups.
If you wish for your child to have a school lunch please send the money in an envelope, together with the menu form, clearly marked with your child's name, to the school office.
The exact payment and order for the weeks meals has to be in the school office by MONDAY morning please.
Please click the following links for current menu options. We send out order forms via ParentMail. Please contact the school office if you haven't received any and think that you should have.
The Lunchtime Company can,and do cater for special dietary requirements within our school, so please contact the school office directly to discuss this if you think your child needs something specific.
The menus above contain allergen information for our current menu, but again, please do speak to the office if you have any queries.
If you prefer, your child can bring in their own packed lunch with a bottle of water. Please ensure this is in a suitable container clearly marked with your child's name. We are a water only school so please provide a named water bottle for your child to have during the day. Fresh drinking water is also available during the lunch period for all children.
Please note that we do not allow nuts of any kind into school due to children with severe allergies. Please ensure that there are no products containing nuts in your child's packed lunch. Thank you for your cooperation with this matter.
We encourage all children to have a healthy and varied pack lunch. Here are some useful website to give you lots of healthy eating ideas.
What should be in a healthy lunchbox?
Eating a healthy, balanced lunch is vital for ensuring children have the right nutrients and enough energy to see them through the school day, however, achieving this balance is not always as easy as it sounds. The key to a healthy packed lunch is variety and getting the right balance of foods to provide children with all of the nutrients they need to stay healthy. A packed lunch made at home can be a healthy and delicious choice and gives a parent or carer control over the foods and ingredients included.
A school lunchbox should:
Be based on starchy foods
- This can include potatoes, bread, pasta, rice, couscous, wraps, pitta and chapatti. Where possible wholegrain varieties should be chosen, e.g. wholemeal bread and leave skins on potatoes.
Include plenty of fruit and vegetables
- Include 1-2 portions and vary these throughout the week.
- You could add sliced vegetables into a pasta dish or sandwich.
- You could also include packs of chopped fresh fruits or individual packs of dried fruits.
Include a portion of beans, pulses, fish, eggs, meat, a dairy food and/or a non-dairy source of protein
- Use beans, pulses, fish, eggs, meat and other sources of protein as sandwich fillings or in a salad.
- If you’re not including a dairy food in the main lunch item (e.g. in a salad or sandwich), add a yogurt or some cheese, such as a Cheddar stick, to the lunchbox.
- If you’re including a dairy alternative, e.g. soya yogurt or milk, choose varieties which are unsweetened and fortified with calcium.
If you need some ideas, this link helps Lunch box recipe ideas