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School Meals

We provide healthy, hot lunches, cooked on the premises.  Each day there is a choice of main, vegetarian or jacket potato with filling.  Meals also include seasonal vegetables and a pudding.  Please call at the office to collect menus and order forms.  Meals are ordered weekly in advance but you may order meals further ahead if you wish.

 

You can download a copy of the latest menu by clicking on the document below.

 

Please notify the school in writing if your child has allergies to certain foods or additives.

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Alternatively children may bring a packed lunch in a plastic box or ideally a small cool bag and clearly marked with their name. We encourage all children to eat healthily.  Please do not include sweets in your child’s lunch box.  Canned or glass bottles are not permitted in school for safety reasons.  If children go home they should not return to school earlier than ten minutes before the afternoon session begins.  Please use our signing in/out book in the office when you collect/return your child. 

 

Universal Free School Meals

All pupils currently in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are able to receive a school meal at no cost to parent/carers.  Choosing a universal free school meal will help save you up to £450 per year, encourage positive eating habits and helps to improve concentration and performance in the classroom. A school lunch will also provide a varied and balanced diet and provide the right amount of energy to ensure that your child can work better in the afternoons.

 
Free School Meals

If you think you might be eligible for free school meals, please ask at the office for the free school meal application form. The information you provide will be used to check if you are in receipt of a qualifying benefit and, if you are on Universal Credit, that your earnings do not exceed the threshold. If you claim Universal Credit, your earnings will be assessed from up to three months of your last Universal Credit assessment periods.

 

If you are eligible, we will be notified. Your child will receive free school meals and the school will receive extra funding. Children in receipt of free school meals also qualify for a reduction in costs for educational visits and other chargeable events, so it is always worth enquiring.


To avoid requesting this information again, Lincolnshire County Council will store your data securely and it will be checked periodically for eligibility.
 

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If your child is eligible for free school meals it means they can enjoy delicious, healthy meals without the cost and fuss of making packed lunches. Many children at our school are already eating free school meals, and your child may be able to have them too.

 

Eligibility Criteria (from April 2018)

Children are entitled to receive free school meals if they or their parents/carers receive any of the benefits below :

• Universal Credit, provided they have an annual net earned income not exceeding £7,400 (£616.67 per month)

• Income Support

• Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance

• Income-related Employment and Support Allowance

• Support under Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

• The guarantee element of Pension Credit

• Child Tax Credit, provided they are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190, as assessed by HMRC

• Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit

 

I am currently claiming free school meals – what does the change in criteria mean for me?

Most people won't be affected by the new criteria. If you are currently claiming free school meals, but don't meet the new criteria, your child will continue to receive free school meals until the end of the Universal Credit rollout period. This will apply even if your earnings rise above the new threshold or if you stop being entitled to Universal Credit. The rollout period is currently scheduled to end in March 2022.

 

Once Universal Credit is fully rolled out, your child will keep their free school meal until the end of their current phase of education, ie primary or secondary.

 

Where can I get more information?

If you need any further information, please speak to a member of school staff or the local authority. You can also visit the free school meal website: https://www.gov.uk/apply-free-school-meals.

 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION

For details of entitlement and how to apply, please contact the school office or click on the link to Lincolnshire County Council below.


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