All pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are offered a free school meal –hot meals are prepared in our school daily. Schools are legally required to 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 and govern all food and drink on offer within the school. We work with local produce providers, in liaison with parents to cater for any pupils with special dietary needs. Menus are supplied to parents in advance so that meals can be pre-ordered; parents can choose not to take-up a school lunch for their child, in which case children should bring a healthy packed lunch into school. For children who bring a packed lunch into school each day, we encourage these to be healthy in content and ask parents not to include sweets, chocolate, crisps or fizzy drinks. As we have children and staff who suffer from nut allergies, we also ask that no products containing nuts are included in lunch boxes.
If you think your child is eligible for free school meals, please collect a form from the school office.
One significant change in the new School Food Standards is that from January 2015, lower fat milk or lactose reduced milk must be available for drinking at least once a day during school hours. Milk will be offered free of charge to pupils entitled to free school meals, and to all pupils where it forms part of the free school lunch to infants. Parents of KS2 pupils will be given details of how to order and pay for school milk.
The school participates in the Coolmilk scheme which provides free milk for children under 5. Parents can purchase subsidised milk for older children through this scheme, further details available from Coolmilk. The school will also provide milk free of charge to any child entitled to income based free school meals.
Free School Meals
Applications for free school meals may be made through a simple and confidential process. Please contact the school office for further information. From September 2014, all primary schools will have a duty to provide a free school meal to all children in Reception class, Year 1 and Year 2. This is something called Universal Infant Free School Meals (often shortened to UIFSM). Registering for free school meals also means that meals will be available for any older siblings, not just those in Key Stage, 1 and will continue uninterrupted when children start Year 3.
All our children are offered a piece of fruit or vegetable at morning break time. Our children are encouraged to drink water regularly and have their own water bottle in class. Bottles are available from the school office.