School Meals and Events
Mrs Ellis and her team, cook fantastic meals for our children and staff. They have been praised by everyone who comes in and tries our meals because of how good they are. School meals are one of the things that can be so important to children as they learn. They provide the energy they need to keep going through the afternoon and provide children with a hot meal for the day, which can be difficult for hardworking parents and carers.
We are proud of our home-produced menus, and are developing further ideas for healthy lunch choices which include the children’s own ideas. We hold themed days each month which give the children a chance to taste some things that they might ordinarily shy away from and gives us a chance to share in some celebrations such as European Day of Language, Bonfire Night, Christmas and many more events throughout the year.
To adhere to the National Nutritional Standards for Primary Schools, lunches contain at least one item from the following food groups:
- starchy foods such as bread, potatoes, rice and pasta (starchy food cooked in oil or fat is not served more than three times a week);
- fruit and a vegetable is available every day; fruit-based desserts are available twice a week;
- milk and dairy foods;
- meat, fish and alternative sources of protein; red meat is served at least twice a week, and fish at least once a week.
School dinners are £2.30 a day.
Free School Meals
All children in EYFS to Year 2 are entiled to a Infant Free School Meal (UIFSM) as from 1st September 2014.
Many parents may not realise that they are entitled to Free School Meals. Free School Meals also has a direct impact on the school budget and therefore from our perspective it is useful for all those who are eligible to claim. If you are unsure or need any support with the online form (or anything else to do with school meals) please contact the school office.
It is important for children to have a good nutritious meal at lunch time. If you can’t afford school dinners you may be eligible for free school meals.
Your child may be eligible for free school meals if you are receiving any of the following:
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
- Child Tax Credit (not Working Tax Credit), with an annual income below £16,190
- Pension Guarantee Credit
- Employment and Support Allowance, income related
- Support under part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act, 1999
- Working Tax Credit run-on, paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
- Universal Credit, with a household income of £7,400 or less (after tax and not including any benefits you get)
You are not eligible if you receive any amount of Working Tax Credit.
To apply for free schools meals please complete the online application form.
If you are eligible for free school meals, and your circumstances change in any way (such as changing address or school, and registering another child) you will need to download, complete and return the change of circumstances form.