Eating lunch together is a really important part of the school day. It is a key time when staff encourage independence, develop social skills and ensure everyone has a good meal.
Lunch menus are very popular with a range of well-balanced and healthy options and are changed regularly. The menus are available in the entrance to the school and online.
If you prefer your child may have a packed lunch. We ask that you ensure packed lunches are healthy and well balanced as we do encourage healthy eating at school. Try these healthy packed lunch ideas.
Things to avoid
The school is a nut free school therefore we ask you to check carefully and avoid nut products in lunch boxes. Sweets, chocolates and fizzy drinks are not appropriate at school. Please ensure you do not give your child glass bottles or breakable containers.
Meals can be paid for in advance weekly, half termly or for the whole term. Payment can be made online using our card payment service WisePay. You will be sent your WisePay account details at the start of the school year. You are also able to pay by cheque at both school sites and cash at the Webbs Road site Please speak to the office staff for any other queries regarding lunches.
Free Meals Entitlement
Your child may be entitled to a free school lunch if you are on certain benefits and have a low income eg Income Support, Job Seekers Allowance. The school office will be happy to advise you about this and to help you complete the appropriate forms.
You will need to provide evidence of your entitlement for example a letter from the DSS (not more than 4 weeks old) stating the type of benefit.
If your child is eligible for free school lunch, please register their entitlement even if they have packed lunches. This can affect school funding and will make you automatically eligible for grants for school journeys.
Due to changes in government legislation, all children in Reception will be entitled to a school dinner every day free of charge to parents/carers. All schools in England will need to provide a hot meal option and provide meals that comply with the School Food Standards. These standards are intended to ensure that children get the nutrition they need across the whole school day. If you want your Reception child to have a packed lunch, which you will provide, you may do so.