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Lunch Times

 

Packed Lunches

 

Children in Reception, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 are welcome to bring a packed lunch from home if parents wish.

 

We encourage a balanced lunch so children benefit from a healthy meal.

 

  • Children are welcome to bring a packed lunch to school.
  • Sweets, fizzy drinks and glass bottles are not allowed.
  • Food containing nuts must not be brought into school.

 

We avoid children throwing large amounts of left-overs into a bin and ask children to bring them home in their lunch box. This way any food that has not been eaten can be seen by parents.

 

We have had occasions where children will throw their sandwiches or a large amount of food away and because the lunch box is empty parents believe the food has been eaten.

 

We do not encourage children to swap food with each other as this can cause problems between them and parents will assume their child has eaten the food they have provided and this may affect some children who have food allergies.

 

School Dinners

 

The Catering Service, which provides our school meals service, is independent from the School and is run by Harrison Catering, who provide fresh wholesome meals which are cooked on site, using local produce.

 

Water will be provided each day, however, your child is welcome to bring their own non-fizzy drink into school if they wish.

 

 

Free School Meals - Reception and Key Stage 1

 

As part of a current Government initiative, children in Reception and Key Stage 1 are entitled to a free school meal.

 

Children in Reception and Key Stage 1 will be asked each morning by their teacher if they require a school dinner. 

 

Parents/Carers of children in Key Stage 2, who are in receipt of certain financial benefits, may be entitled to Free School Meals.

 

These include

  • Income Support
  • Income Based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Child Tax Credit (Not Working Tax Credit)
  • Pension Credit Guarantee and be in receipt of Child Tax Credit above the basic family element

 

Further information can be obtained from the Local Authority or by contacting the School Office.

 

It is the responsibility of parents to ensure that they notify the School Office within a working week of a change of circumstance affecting their child’s eligibility for Free School Meals i.e. that their child is now entitled to or is no longer entitled to a Free School Meal.

 

Please be aware that all applications for Free School Meals are treated with the strictest confidence.

 

Key Stage 2

 

Payment for School Meals

 

  • The daily rate is currently £2.30 for a lunch (£11.50 a week).
  • Payment must be made in advance.
  • Parents/Carers need to pay on the first 2 days of the School week, usually a Monday or Tuesday morning each week. This should be for the intended lunches for the week ahead or may be for longer periods up to a term in advance if more convenient.
  • Parents may pay by cash or cheque, in a labelled envelope (provided by the School upon request).
  • Envelopes with payment should be brought in by children and placed in the appropriate box in each classroom – these are then collected by a member of the Catering Staff.
  • Payments made after the first 2 days of a week may not be collected until the start of the following week. This may mean that it will appear a payment is not being made for a dinner therefore it is essential that payments are brought in on the designated days.
  • If children are absent, their dinner money is credited for the following week.
  • Refunds may only be given, for credits at the end of a school year, or if a child is leaving this school to attend another.
  • If a child forgets their packed lunch and is given a school meal, parents/carers must pay for that meal on the same day or the following morning at the latest (except for children in receipt of Free School Meals).
  • We are investigating on-line payment systems.  If and when this is available, parents will be notified.
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