Dinners, Milk, Snacks & Water
Free School Meals
Children in Reception, Y1 and Y2 receive a government funded free school meal which is known as the Universal Infant Free School Meal. Parents do not have to apply for this.
If you receive any of the qualifying benefits listed below, your child will be entitled to free school meals in KS2 and school receives additional funding (called Pupil Premium – worth over £1000) to support your child’s learning.
- Universal Credit with a household income of less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)
- Income-Based Jobseekers' Allowance
- Income-Related Employment and Support Allowance
- Child Tax Credit, not entitled to Working Tax Credit and household income less than £16,190
- Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
- Income Support
- Working Tax Credit 'run on' – the payment you receive for a further four weeks after you finish work
You can apply by calling or (01524) 581207 or clicking here. You will need your name, date of birth, telephone number and national insurance number. Eligibility will either be confirmed over the phone or by email within 5 working days – remember to check you spam or junk email folder.
We are able to provide free school meals as soon as authorisation has been received but any school dinners taken in between your child starting with us and school receiving this authorisation, unfortunately, will have to be paid for.
Your child has a choice of either a healthy hot meal cooked and prepared on site or a packed lunch brought from home. You may, of course, prefer your child to go home to eat with you. We do provide the facility for children to stay for school lunch for part of the week and bring a packed lunch for part of the week. A school packed lunch option is also available in school during the summer months. Full details of these facilities are available from the school office.
If you wish your child to have school dinners, you can pay online using Parent Pay. School meals cost £2.30 per day, £11.50 for the week.
Ad hoc dinners can be ordered from the school office on a day to day basis and the deadline for ordering is 9am. Ad hoc dinners should be paid for at the point of ordering, using Parent Pay, but if your child needs a school dinner and you have a problem paying at the time of ordering, please speak to the office staff.
Dinner menus run on a three week rotating cycle and a copy of these or the current weekly menu can be obtained from the school office or online by clicking here. Children choose their meals from the menu to ensure they have something they like.
If your child prefers food from home, please put it in a clearly named lunch box. Small sealed containers of fruit juice, cordial or water are ideal for your child’s drink. In our efforts to promote a healthy lifestyle, sweets, crisps, chocolate bars and fizzy drinks are not allowed in school and parents are asked not to include these in a packed lunch.
Please let the headteacher know if your child has any special dietary requirements e.g. due to a medical issue, so that appropriate arrangements can be made. If you wish to change your child’s meal arrangements, please let the school office know as soon as you can.
Milk and Water Bottles
We provide every child with water in a ‘sports bottle’ to keep in the classroom, so that they can have access to water at any time; this avoids dehydration and helps children’s ability to concentrate.
Unfortunately, due to funding changes by Lancashire County Council, children under five will only now receive free milk in school to the end of the term prior to their fifth birthday. For other KS1 classes, there is a charge of £13 per term for this, details of which can be obtained from the school office. If your child is granted free school meals (see qualifying benefits above), then they will also receive free school milk. Unfortunately, school does not have the funds to meet the cost in cases of non-payment and the provision of milk in this instance, sadly has to be withdrawn.
Snacks and Drinks
The school is part of the National Fruit for Schools scheme which means that all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are offered a free piece of fruit for their morning break.
Children in Key Stage 2 may bring a small piece of fruit to eat or a healthy drink (fruit juice, water or cordial in a plastic or cardboard container) at morning playtime if they wish.
We also run a healthy tuck shop for Key Stage 1 and 2 children, selling a bowl of fruit for 30p at break times.