Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 - Universal Infant FREE school Meals
Through a government funded initiative, all Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 children are entitled to a free school meal each day (Universal Infant Free School Meals). We anticipate a very high percentage of children will take up this offer of a free lunch every day, however you may provide a healthy packed lunch as an alternative. School dinners are offered to all children in school. The cost of a school dinner for children not in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 is £2.25 per day.
We run a colour banded meal system. This system was introduced last year to ensure every child has their first choice of meal every day and waste is minimised.
Each day three choices will be offered, these are generally:
Meat option (RED);
Vegetarian option (GREEN);
Salad/cold meal option (BLUE).
Children will be shown a photograph of each meal option for the day and make a meal choice at registration.
Miss Ambrose, in the school office, will collate numbers and the kitchen staff will cook the meals ordered. (A few spare meals will be cooked to accommodate dinner number changes or other difficulties.)
Before the children leave the classroom at the start of lunch, they will be given the colour wristband associated with their meal choice made at the start of the school day. Their main course will be served to them. The child’s choice of vegetables and pudding will continue to take place at the serving hatch.
A copy of the school dinner menu can be found below - choice menu. Please use this menu to help support your child in making their menu choice each day.
It is essential if your child is going to be late into school for any reason and you wish them to have a school dinner that you contact the office by 9:30am with your child’s meal choice otherwise they may be offered a limited choice.
We look forward to the children enjoying their FREE school dinner each day.
Nursery children - School Lunch Set Menu
Nursery children are welcome to have a school lunch if they are attending a session between 12-1pm. For Nursery children there is a set menu (single choice). Lunch is chargeable for Nursery children - £2.25 per day and can be paid using our Parentpay system. Nursery children's school lunches are bought to the Nursery on a trolley and served within the Nursery.
Years 3- 6 Children - School Lunch Choice Menu
Children from Year 3 - 6 are welcome to have a school lunch - £2.25 per day payable in advance using our Parentpay system.
Menu choices are made at registration.
Pupils eligible for Free School Meals
Children from households with lower incomes may be entitled to free school meals.
Please note that if your child was already receiving free school meals at the end of the 2015/2016 school year, their entitlement will continue and you do not need to re-apply for the new 2016/2017 school year.
•families who are currently paying for school meals will save around £400 a year for each primary school child if they are entitled to free school meals;
•our school have systems which mean it is impossible for other pupils to know who is receiving free school meals;
•school children who are eligible for free school meals are entitled to two course meal worth £2.25 each day.
When you apply for free school meals, you will also allow us to receive Pupil Premium - extra money to support children from families on lower incomes, please apply for free school meals.
All children who are at school under 19 at the start of the academic year and are claiming or have parents who are claiming one of the following benefits:
•Income Based Job Seekers Allowance
•Income-related employment and support allowance
•Support under part VI of the Immigration & Asylum Act 1999
•Child Tax Credit but who are not entitled to working tax credit and whose annual income (as assessed by HM Revenue & Customs) does not exceed £16,190
•Guarantee element of state pension credit
Please note where a parent is entitled to Working Tax Credit during the four-week period immediately after their employment ceases, or after they start to work less than 16 hours per week, their children are entitled to free school meals.
You will be contacted in writing to confirm when your entitlement has started and your eligibility will continue to be checked via the council's secure Electronic Checking System. If your personal circumstances change please fill in the change of circumstances form.
Your claim will be processed within three working days of receiving a valid application form, and if successful you and your child's school will be informed of his/her entitlement to free school meals.
If you are receiving any of the eligible benefits listed above you can apply online for free school meals.
Alternatively, you can also print and return the free school meal application form (pdf, 70kb).
If you need further help you can contact the council’s Education Welfare Benefits Team for information about the benefits which support children financially while at school or college; applications for free school meals, and if you need help to complete an application over the phone: Telephone: 01223 703 200, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Education Welfare Benefits Service