Our School Meals
Lunch money is collected on a Monday morning. If your child has a School Meal, please ensure they provide their payment in a sealed envelope, clearly marked with their name and class. We accept cash payments weekly, also we have a prepayment system whereby you can pay in advance for a whole term/half term period. Further details of this method of payment are available from the School Office. We do not allow arrears to build up in respect of lunch payments. If your child owes more than two weeks worth of dinner money, we will request that you change them over to packed lunches or make alternative arrangements. We therefore appreciate prompt payment on a Monday.
All meals are cooked on the premises and are eaten in the Main Hall. Taylor Shaw (our current School Meals Provider) provide a wide range of healthy choices, and there is always fresh fruit available to supplement the daily meal. The meals are produced on a three week cycle, and the menus are available to view on the outside notice board.
From time to time, the School Meals service like to encourage children to try new food from around the world, and there are sometimes ‘themed’ days where food from different cultures is available. Although the foods are varied, they all meet the nutritional standards set out by the Food In Schools authority, and on such themed days there will also be a non-themed popular choice and salad bar in order to meet the widest needs. This occurs only a few times across the school year, but it is always a good opportunity for children to try something new and encourage healthy choices.
We are happy for your child to bring a packed lunch to school. We would appreciate it if all meals could be made up in an appropriate, neat bag or container, clearly labelled with your child’s name and class. We promote healthy options as part of the wider school ethos, and therefore encourage fruit and other fresh ingredients as packed lunch content. Please do not send fizzy drinks, chocolate bars or sweets. School will provide children with a cup of water at lunch time. We do not accept glass bottles or cans. There are many children in school with food allergies, the most common of which is intolerance to nuts. We would appreciate it if, in consideration of those children, you could avoid putting nuts in your child’s packed lunch. Even traces of nut oil on a person’s hands can have a severe effect on anyone with an allergy of this nature. To remove the risk, we would request children do not bring nuts of any variety to school. A copy of our Food Policy can be obtained from the School Office.
Eligibility for Free School Meals
Some families will be eligible to receive a free school meal. To meet the criteria, the person with parental responsibility must be in receipt of any of the following benefits: Income Support, Income Based Job Seekers Allowance, Child Tax Credit WITHOUT the inclusion of Working Tax Credit and an annual income of less than £16,190. Application forms are available from the School Office. Even if you are eligible but do not want your child to have a School Meal, it is still worth applying as the school receives funding based on the numbers of Free School Meal places, which directly impacts on the service we can deliver.
Lunch Time Arrangements
As parents/carers you have the option of choosing between purchasing a School Meal or providing your child with a healthy packed lunch. However the choice you make must remain the same for the duration of a half term. This is due to the amount of notification our school cooks need to order the right amount of food.