School Meals

Lunch 1 Copyright ∏ Paul Hurst all rights reserved.websizeChildren can either bring their own packed lunch to school or eat a school lunch. School dinners are freshly prepared and cooked each day in our newly refurbished kitchen by Mrs Claire Reynolds and her team.

School lunches cost £2.20 per day and must be ordered and paid for in advance using our secure online ordering and payment system (WisePay). Dinners must be ordered by midnight Sunday for the following week. If your child is unwell and not able to come to school, please telephone the school before 9:30am to inform the office and cancel the school dinner. If your child is absent or on a school trip booked dinners will be refunded via WisePay.

Parents will be provided with personal WisePay username and login details. There is a link to WisePay below.

WisePay

For guidance about healthy packed lunches use the link below and follow the links for “Healthy Lunchboxes” – www.parentsforhealth.org/balanced-diet.

Free School Meals

A Quick Guide to Pupil Premium and Free School Meals

Can we get extra funding for your child?

What is Universal Infant Free School Meals?

From September 2014 the government introduced Universal infant free school meals. This means that families with children in Reception, Years One and Two are eligible to claim a free school meal for their child. There are no eligibility criteria, every Reception to Year Two child is entitled.

What if I have a child in Year Three to Year Six?

You may still be entitled to claim a free school meal for your child if you are in receipt of any of the benefits listed in this leaflet. If you are eligible, your claim will also ensure your child’s school receives the Pupil Premium funding.

So what is Pupil Premium?

Pupil Premium is a funding given to schools by Central Government. All children whose parents are claiming one of the benefits listed in this leaflet will trigger the Pupil Premium funding for their child’s school.

How will PP Funding help my child?

We can use the extra funding to support your child in a variety of ways including:

  • Free Breakfast and/After-School Club
  • Free Extra Curricular Clubs
  • School Trips subsidy
  • Free Musical Instrument Lessons
  • Free School Milk

How can my child trigger the extra funding for our school?

You may be eligible if you receive one of the following:

  • Income support
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Guarantee element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (as long as you do not get a Working Tax Credit and your taxable income is less than £16,190)
  • Universal Credit

If you are entitled to Working Tax Credit during the four week period immediately after your employment stops, or after you start to work less than 16 hours per week, your child would also be eligible for free school meals for this four week period only.

When do I apply?

You only need to apply once. When your child reaches Year Three, we will automatically check your eligibility, to see if your child can continue receiving free school meals.

How do I apply?

Please fill out a Free School Meals Application Form – see the link below.

Forms are also available from the School Office. Return the completed form to the School Office, or post to the address at the bottom of the form.

What happens next?

  • The Council will check if you are entitled or not
  • You will receive a letter with the outcome
  • The school will be informed and your children will receive Free School Meals
  • The School will look at your child’s learning needs and discuss with you what extra support we can offer.
  • Your child will be given preference for places in before and after school activities and can attend for Free!

Would you like more advice?

Rebekah Wetherell, our Family Support Worker, is available to support and advise you on a wide range of issues including:

  • school attendance;
  • behaviour and routines;
  • bullying concerns;
  • financial needs;
  • advice on free school meals.

She can meet you at school, in town, or at your home.  You can arrange a meeting by contacting the School Office, or you can ring Rebekah directly on 07436 106 522.

The school office is also always happy to help you.

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