All children in Foundation Stage and Key Stage One are entitled to a free school lunch, under the Universal Infant Free School Meals program.
For children in Key Stage Two, the current cost of a school dinner is £2.20 per day (reviewed annually).
Dinner money should be paid online using SchoolGateway in advance of dinners being taken.
If necessary, cash or cheques may be sent in, in advance of dinners being taken. (Please note that due to new bank charges we are unable to accept cheques under £10.)
Please be aware that we may decline to provide a meal if your child has insufficient credit on their account.
Depending on parental income, some children in KS2 will be eligible for free school meals. If you think that you might qualify, please check and apply here https://www.essex.gov.uk/free-school-meals. No discrimination is made between those children paying for their lunch and those entitled to a free dinner.
Each morning, when teachers take the dinner register, children choose the meal they want from the colour coded menu. Our kitchen team then know exactly how many meals of each choice are required and cooks the correct number of each meal. This reduces food waste and helps to keep the cost of meals down.
Before going in to lunch children are given a coloured wristband corresponding to the meal option they ordered in the morning. When the children go to the counter to collect their lunch they present their wristband in return for the pre-selected meal they have chosen. After lunch the bands are sterilised, ready for use the next day.
The great advantage of this system is that children who are last in the line still get the meal they have chosen in the morning, rather than having their choice limited to whatever is left.
A colour coded version of our current 3 week rolling menu is below.
Please refer to this menu and discuss with your child which option they would like each day.
Children may bring a packed lunch and a still drink from home if they prefer.
Please ensure that breakable containers and fizzy drinks are not brought to school and that sandwiches are kept in a small, clearly marked container.
Children should not bring nuts, or products containing nuts, into school.
We would ask that any grapes or cherry tomatoes are cut in half please, especially for younger children, as these are known to be a possible choking hazard.