As from September 2014 all KS1 and Reception children are entitled to free school meals. Please see the revised menu. We encourage all children to have a school meal.
Click HERE to find out more about Taylor Shaw our school caterers.
Taylor Shaw organise the provision of school lunches at the School. These are cooked in the School’s kitchen and the children have several meal choices every day. The School has a commitment towards the provision of healthy home-cooked food, with a good variety of fruit and vegetable options and work closely with the catering company to ensure this is provided. The cost of school meals may be found out by clicking on the link below. Parents are encouraged to pay in advance – fortnightly, half-termly or termly. Points to remember when paying for meals are included on the School Meal Prices link.
School Meals rotate over a three week period.
Please be aware there will be no cold sandwich option available.
School Food Standards
Packed Lunches On School Journeys
For Reception and KS1 children, a packed lunch will be available if ordered on school journey days. This will consist of:-
a) A sandwich of your choice,
b)A piece of fruit
c)Homemade cake or biscuit
The school staff will co-ordinate this before the school journey day, however parents will need to return their choices within the specified time as the packed lunch order needs to be provided to the kitchen staff one week before the journey.
If your child is entitiled to free school meals in KS2 you are required to put in your order for a packed lunch one week before the school journey. In general school staff will not co-ordinate packed lunch orders for KS2 children.
Please remember that your children can bring in their own packed lunch but these must not include sweets or fizzy drinks.
Please click HERE for a letter from Miss Simpson the Pupil Well Being Manager regarding healthy pack lunches.
Free School Meals Eligibility Criteria
All KS1 and Reception children are entitled to Universal Infant Free School Meals.
The eligibility criteria for KS2 children who may be entitled to receive free school meals is below. In order to receive free school meals parents need to be in receipt of one or more of the following:
- Income Support
- Income based Job Seekers’ Allowance
- Families in receipt of Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income, as assessed by the HM Revenue and Customs, that does not exceed £16,190.00
- Guaranteed Element of State Pension Credit
- Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
All you need to do is go onto the website
https://myfreeschoolmeals.firmstep.com and follow the instructions. You will need your National Insurance (NI) number. If you are unsure of your entitlement, please go ahead and make an application anyway; the website will tell you automatically if you are entitled or not and the school will be notified accordingly.
If you have any questions or would like help in applying please phone or come into the office.
Please note you will be required to send in proof of the benefit entitlement if you have not used https://myfreeschoolmeals.firmstep.com to confirm your eligibility.
Milk In School
As from January 2015 revised school standards will be coming into force. These standards apply to schools that provide food and drink on the premises, as we do for lunch and breakfast club. One New standard requires us to provide lower fat milk for all children who want it during the school day. We will be providing this as part of our school lunch from January 2015. As all infant aged children are entitiled to a free school lunch, milk will be provided to them daily at lunchtime free of charge, should they wish to have it. This will be the case for KS2 pupils who are eligible for free school meals. Mrs Sher, our finance officer, has already written out to relevent parents. For other KS2 pupils who wish to have milk at lunchtime, parents will need to register with Cool Milk, a company who will deliver milk to school for those pupils who are registered, and you will need to pay for this. Please click HERE to register with Cool Milk. These children will be given their milk at lunchtime.
Please note that only parents in KS2 who would like to have milk at school should register. Parents of childen in KS1 and Reception do not need to register.
We will also be using Cool Milk to provide the Nursery with free milk. A separate letter with detailed arrangements about how this will work in the Nursery will be going out to the Nursery parents in early January.