With the introduction of Universal Free School Meals in September 2014 all pupils of Infant School age are entitled to a free school meal. This may be taken as a hot school dinner, which is cooked on the premises or a school produced packed lunch.
Pupils taking a hot school dinner choose their lunch from the daily option before helping themselves to salad and fruit from the Salad Cart. We ask parents to equip their child with the skills to use a knife and fork independently.
The school produced packed lunch comprises of a sandwich and a desert from the daily option. Pupils then help themselves to salad and fruit from the Salad Cart.
Alternatively pupils may bring a packed lunch from home. Please see below for guidance regarding home packed lunches.
Preferably children should not constantly change from one type of meal to another. If at any time you wish to change your child’s lunchtime eating arrangements please notify the office in advance as this will ensure that a dinner is always available for your child and that dinners are not cooked and wasted.
Home Packed Lunches
If your child brings a home packed lunch please would you bear the following in mind:-
Please pack sandwich in foil or a suitable container that can be opened by the child
Drinks should be put into an unbreakable flask with a cup type lid from which the child can drink or individual cartons. Cans of fizzy drinks, glass bottles or glass lined flasks are not allowed on safety grounds. Water and beakers will be available for those who need it.
Storage of lunches is a great problem in school. Lunches are better if packed into a plastic picnic case; we do not have room to store backpacks.
As sweets, including bars of chocolate, are not allowed in school, please do not include them in a packed lunch.
Free School Meals
All pupils from Reception to the end of Year 2 are entitled to a Universal Free School Meal under the government initiative. However, it is still vitally important for parents in receipt of certain benefits to apply for the old style free school meals to enable the school to receive extra funding. We use these funds to narrow the gap in attainment between specific groups of pupils. We also offer reduced fees for class outings and subsidised fees for extra curriculum clubs.
Details of the benefits of Pupil Premium are available to view in the Pupil Premium section of this website.
Changes to free school meal eligibility under Universal Credit
The eligibility criteria for free school meals have been changed. This explains the
changes and how they might affect you.
What are the new eligibility criteria?
Children are entitled to receive free school meals if they or their parents or guardians
receive any of the benefits below.
• Universal Credit, provided they have an annual net earned income not exceeding
£7,400 (£616.67 per month)
• Income Support
• Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
• Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
• Support under Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
• The guarantee element of Pension Credit
• Child Tax Credit, provided they are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and
have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190, as assessed by HMRC
• Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working
I don’t currently claim free school meals – what does this mean for me?
If you think you might be eligible for free school meals, submit a claim to your school or
local authority. Your school should have a form you can use. The information you provide
will be used to check if you are in receipt of a qualifying benefit and, if you are on
Universal Credit, that your earnings do not exceed the threshold. If you claim Universal
Credit, your earnings will be assessed from up to three of your last Universal Credit
If you are eligible, your school will be notified. Your child will receive free school meals
and the school will receive extra funding.
I am currently claiming free school meals – what does this mean for me?
Most people won’t be affected by the new criteria. If you’re currently claiming free school
meals, but don’t’ meet the new criteria, your child will continue to receive free school
meals until the end of the Universal Credit rollout period. This will apply even if your
earnings rise above the new threshold or if you stop being entitled to Universal Credit.
The rollout period is currently scheduled to end in March 2022.
Once Universal Credit is fully rolled out, your child will keep their free school meal until
the end of their current phase of education, i.e. primary or secondary.
Where can I get more information?
If you need any further information, please speak to a member of school staff or the local
authority. You can also visit the free school meal website: https://www.gov.uk/apply-freeschool-meals