All children in Foundation Stage and Key Stage One are entitled to a free school lunch, under the Universal Infant Free School Meals (UIFSM) program. However, parents who, based on household income, would be eligible for Free School Meals if this scheme did not exist, may be eligible for additional support. Please use the eligibility checker here to find out.
For children in Key Stage Two, the current cost of a school lunch is £2.34 per day (reviewed annually).
Depending on parental income, some children in KS2 will be eligible for free school meals (FSM). If you think that you might qualify, please check here. No discrimination is made between those children paying for their lunch and those entitled to a free dinner.
School Lunch Booking System (Meal Manager) - from April 2021
If parents wish their child to have a school lunch they must book this on via the Schoolgateway app. Parents select the meal option for/with their child when booking (this ensures that the option chosen is something the child will eat). Unless the child is entitled to a free meal (UIFSM or FSM) meals must be paid for at the time of booking. Meals can be booked up to two weeks in advance, up until 8am on the day they wish to have a lunch. If no meal is booked by 8am, parents should send their child to school with a packed lunch from home. If parents wish to change or cancel their booking they can do this via the app, this must be done by 8am on the day the meal is due to be taken.
This system ensures that our kitchen team 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 which has been ordered for them. When the children go to the counter to collect their lunch they present their wristband and receive the pre-selected meal chosen. Children have a free choice of vegetables/salad and dessert options when collecting their meal.
A colour coded version of our current 3 week rolling menu is below. Please refer to this menu and discuss the options with your child when booking.
A separate menu for children who have been medically diagnosed with specific food allergies is also provided.
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.