Meals and Milk
School dinners are cooked on the premises on a daily basis by Edwards and Blake and comply fully with government nutritional standards. They provide healthy, balanced meals with a choice of hot meat and vegetarian main courses.
Please tell us if your child cannot eat certain foods and we will advise our school cook. We ask that you supply a picture of your child with details of food allergies or religious/cultural requirements. All Reception and KS1 children are eligible for a free school meal. Children in the Nursery can also have school meals priced at £2.05 per meal.
We operate a 'Pupil Choice Menu'. Each day there are a selection of 3 meals that the children can choose from, a meat, vegetarian or sandwich option and the children choose what they like on a daily basis. These are then be cooked to order so that all of the children will have their meal of choice.
Up until now the school received additional money called Pupil Premium for all children
who received free school meals. Now that all children will automatically receive
universal free school meals we still need you to apply for Pupil Premium so that we can
benefit from the additional income for the school.
them even if you child brings a packed lunch to school. A Pupil Premium, which is in addition to the main school funding is paid to the school for every child who is eligible for free school meals. In 2016 - 2017 we will be able to claim £1320 for children whose parents or carers claim any of the benefits below:
- Education Funding Agency,
- Income Support
- Income Based Jobseeker's Allowance
- Pension Credit (Guarantee Credit element) or (Income Related)
- Employment Support Allowance
- Child Tax Credit
If you would like to apply directly please go tohttps://beta.hertfordshire.gov.uk/services/schools-and-education/at-school/free-school-meals/free-school-meals.aspx. If you would like the school to complete the
registration for you please pop into the school office.
If you are in receipt of qualifying benefits your information will be renewed each year
meaning that unless your circumstances change entitlement to free school meals from
Year 3 and other educational benefits will be automatically registered. This includes
help with music fees and cycle training fees. The Pupil Premium money given to the
school is vital for the educational resources within school, so please apply if you qualify
Early Years Pupil Premium
Early Years Pupil Premium is an additional amount of funding that schools, pre-schools and nurseries can claim for eligible 3 and 4 year old children to support their development and learning. If your child is eligible we can claim an additional £302 to support your child's learning. A leaflet explaining all the eligibility criteria is availabel below. If you think your child may be eligible, please pop in to the school office and we will make a claim on your behalf. All applications will remain confidential.
Packed lunches may be brought in a packed lunch box with your child’s name clearly marked on it. We encourage parents to follow healthy guidelines and so fizzy drinks, chocolate bars and sweets are not allowed. Please also limit the number of crisps and chocolate covered biscuits in a packed lunch – perhaps these could be substituted with fresh fruit, vegetable sticks and yogurts.
Please do not send any glass containers to school. As there are an increasing number of cases of children with nut or nut-related allergies, we ask parents not to give their children any food containing nuts or sesame oil ( including some brands of houmous) for their packed lunches, and to remind their children not to share any of their food with other children.
School milk is available for children in Nursery and Infant classes. Nursery children receive free milk, but if your child's fifth birthday falls during the term , they are treated as five years of age for the entire term and will therefore not qualify for free milk.
Children entitled to free school meals are also entitled to free milk, but we still need to know if your child would like it. Although the cost of milk is subsidised by the EU, a small charge is payable in advance per term. The charge varies according to the number of
days in a term.
Further details are availble about both school meals and school milk from Mrs Garretty in the School Office.