Children may have a school meal prepared by our kitchen staff or bring a packed lunch. School meals are provided by Edsential and costs £2.30 per day (£11.50 per week). All meals must be paid for in the week they are taken by Friday morning at the latest. If we do not receive money your child will be asked to have packed lunches until the amount outstanding is cleared. All meals should be paid for using our online system, ParentPay. Forms for free school meals can be obtained by phoning the Free School Meals Team on 0300 123 7039 or alternatively go online to:
Children in Foundation Stage 2 (Reception), Year 1 and Year 2 are still entitled to a Universal Free School Lunch, however if you are entitled to Free School meals we would ask that you apply for them as we receive additional funding and we can reduce residential trips.
Children may bring a healthy snack such as an apple, banana or breadsticks for their morning break. Sweets, packets of crisps and glass bottles are not encouraged. Mrs Piercy our school cook sells healthy snacks at break time from the school kitchen.
Foundation Stage children have snack together and parents are asked for a voluntary contribution of £1.25 per week to cover this. If you do not wish to contribute, please advise the class teacher and provide a healthy snack from home for your child. This needs to be paid on a Monday.
Children have access to fresh, chilled, filtered water and can purchase a water bottle from the school office for £2.00. These should be taken home and washed at the end of each day.
Free School Lunches
If you are entitled to a free school meal please do claim for it even if you do not wish your child to eat it! This helps the school and also means that school trips for your child will be at a reduced cost.
Do I qualify for free school meals?
You may qualify if you are a parent, guardian or carer and receive one of the following:
- Income Support
- Income Based Jobseekers Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- Child Tax Credit but not Working Tax Credit and have an annual income that does not exceed £16,190
- The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
- Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
- Universal Credit - if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)
Do you receive Working Tax credit?
If you or a partner receive Working Tax Credit regardless of income you will not qualify for free school meals.
If your circumstances change such as your child changes schools or leaves school, you change your address, you stop receiving any of the above benefits or you start receiving Working Tax Credit, it’s important that you let the relevant people know by contacting the Free School Meals Helpline on 0300 123 7039.
The quickest way to apply for Free School Meals is on:
If you wish to apply for free school meals for your child, please call the Free School Meals Office on 0300 123 7039 with your national insurance number and they will instantly be able to confirm your eligibility.
Opening hours: 08:00 – 18:00 Mon-Fri
We are unable to backdate the meals you have previously taken.