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.
All pupils from Reception to the end of Year 2 are now entitled to a Universal Free School Meal under the new 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 an extra £1,300 Pupil Premium payment. Details of the benefits of Pupil Premium are available to view in the Pupil Premium section of this website.
Your children, of school age, are entitled to receive Pupil Premium if you receive:-
Employment and Support Allowance (income related) or
Income Support or
Jobseeker’s Allowance (income based) or
The Guarantee of State Pension Credit or
Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 or
Child Tax Credit, provided you are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and your annual income (as assessed by Her Majesty’s
Revenue and Customs) does not exceed £16,190
Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
If you are in receipt of any element of working tax credit you are not entitled
If you feel you may be eligible or would like more information please contact the school office.