The school offers a varied and healthy menu of lunch time meals.
The daily cost of a school dinner is £2.50 per meal (£12.50 per week). All meals must be paid for in advance on scopay, for a full week.
Children in Reception, Year 1 and 2 receive universal free meals.
Children also have the option to bring a packed lunch from home.
Free School Meals
You can claim free school meals for your children if you are in receipt of any of the following:
- Income Support
- Income Based Job Seekers Allowance
- Income Related Employment and Support Allowance
- eligible for Child Tax Credit but not Working Tax Credit and the household income (as used by HMRC to assess tax credits) is not more that £16,190. Please note: anyone eligible for Working Tax Credit, or if you have a partner and they receive it, regardless of Income, you will not qualify
- The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit (from 30th April 2005)
- Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- In receipt of the 4 week run on of working tax credit (this is where someone becomes unemployed or reduces their hours and so is no longer entitled to working tax credit but will continue to receive it for a further 4 weeks and is entitled to free meals during that time)
- Universal credit
For more details you can:
Contact school or phone the free school meals team on 01782 234234 (minicom for the hearing impaired 01782 232331).
Healthy Lunch Box
According to advice from the Food Standards Agency, a healthy packed lunch should include:
•Meat, fish or a dairy source of protein
•Starchy carbohydrate, such as a wholegrain sandwich, to provide energy
•At least one portion each of a fruit and vegetable or salad
•Water or milk to drink, but diluted fruit juice and yogurt drinks or smoothies are acceptable
The key foods to avoid are:
•Sweets and chocolate
•Snacks, like crisps, with added salt/sugar/fat
•Sugary and fizzy drinks
•Deep-fried foods and processed meats
•White bread – if children won’t eat brown, try whole white sliced bread
In 2008, strict nutrition content guidelines for primary schools were introduced and extended to secondary schools in September 2009.
They include maximum/minimum levels of energy or calories and 13 different nutrients, including fat, salt and sugars.
The Schools Food Trust – an independent body set up to advise schools on healthy eating – says there are no plans to issue statutory guidance on packed lunches, but it has produced some sample lunchbox menus.