Free School Meals
If you get any of the following support payments your child may be entitled to receive free school meals:
• Income Support
• Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
• Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
• Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
• the guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
• Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
• Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
• Universal Credit
Children who receive a qualifying benefit in their own right are also allowed to receive free school meals.
Children under the compulsory school age who are in full time education may also be entitled to receive free school meals.
If you think your child is entitled to free school meals, you’ll usually need to fill in an application form supplied by your local council.The school is happy to assist parents with this application process. Give your completed application to your child’s school and make sure you can show documentary proof of any support you are receiving.
Some children may prefer to bring a packed lunch, which they eat in the hall with the children who stay for school meals. For safety reasons we ask children not to bring hot drinks or soup in thermos flasks. We are a school that promotes healthy eating and would be grateful if parents would support us in helping their child to make healthy food choices in their lunch boxes. Too much chocolate or foods with additives can affect behaviour and concentration in the afternoon.
We operate a flexible break time for our children and classroom staff will take the children out for a 20 minute break on a needs led basis. Pupils may only have fruit or vegetables as a break time snack. Snacks like fruit bars or chocolate covered raisins are not allowed. Our Infant children have free daily fruit as part of the government’s Fruit and Vegetable Scheme.