What are the benefits of a school meal?
- Time saved in the mornings not having to prepare lunch, plus there’s no worry about keeping the food fresh and hygienic until lunchtime.
- Children benefit from sitting down and eating together at a table and are encouraged to try new foods.
- Meals are balanced and healthy and there is variety from one day to the next.
At our school, we…
- Only use approved suppliers and manufacturers.
- Buy food locally wherever possible – fruit, veg and dairy – and use a local butcher.
- Only use sustainable seafood where possible.
- Only use free range eggs (subject to Defra guidelines).
- Do not knowingly use food containing GM (genetically modified) ingredients.
- Take care to limit the amount of salt used in cooking and bought-in foods.
- Oven cook food (wherever possible) to reduce the fat content in our dishes.
- Use our recipes with reduced sugar and fat and increased fibre wherever possible.
- Encourage eating ‘5-a-day’ fruit and vegetables. The school meal can provide two of these essential healthy foods every school day.
- Comply with the School Food Standards for school lunches.
- Actively promote and encourage healthy eating and like to make eating meals and enjoyable and valuable experience.
- Cater for vegetarians, special needs including medical diets and religious needs.
If you require any help or guidance on healthy and nutritious packed lunches for children who bring a lunch from home to eat in school (or on school trips), please visit Healthy lunch box ideas for healthy choices and pack up ideas.
Free School Meals
All pupils in Foundation 2 (Reception), Year 1 and Year 2 are entitled to a free school meal (called Universal Free School Meals).
All pupils, regardless of year group, may be entitled to funding because their parents/carers are eligible for free school meal funding. This is a different type of funding from the Universal Free School meals and provides the school with a high level of funding regardless of whether your child has a school meal or not.
Free school meals are available to children of families who are in receipt of:
- Income Support
- Income Based Jobseekers Allowance
- an income-related employment and support allowance
- support under part V1 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- the Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
- child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by HM Revenue & Customs) that does not exceed £16,190
If you think you may be eligible please call in to the school office where staff will assist you in completing the relevant forms.