Hot meals are provided by Principals Catering; they conform to the new government healthy standards and cost £2.30 a day. School lunches should be paid for in advance or on the day by cash to the school office or online at www.principals-catering.com. Parents will be contacted and asked to provide a packed lunch or payment on the day if a lunch has not been paid for in advance.
Facilities are also provided for children to eat a packed lunch. We encourage parents to ensure that packed lunches are healthy and wholesome. More information is available from the school office.
The school caterers standard menu is nut-free and they can also cater for most other allergies. Please contact the school office for more information.
Children may bring fruit for break times. We do not allow children to bring sweets, chocolate bars or crisps into school.
We ask parents not to include nuts or nut products (eg peanut butter, Nutella) in snacks or packed lunches.
For children who bring lunch to school, we encourage them, as well as parents, to make healthy choices and provide a balanced diet, although we are all human and understand the attraction of an occasional treat. Our dedicated staff help monitor the quality of children’ lunches and encourage them not to waste. We will try our best to inform you if your child is not eating their lunch.
On their birthday children may bring in sweets etc to share with their classmates although these will be given out at the end of the day to take home.
Free School Meals
Universal Free School Meals for Infants
From September 2014 the Government will fund schools in England to provide every child in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 with a meal at lunch time. All you need to do to claim your child’s free school meal is ensure you confirm with the school that your child is having a school meal that day.
In addition to the Universal Free School Meals for Infants, the Government gives additional money to schools for every pupil who is registered for Free School Meals. This funding is called ‘Pupil Premium’. Eligibility is entirely confidential and children confirm that they wish to have a hot or packed lunch meal each morning, in the same way as everyone else at the school.
You do not need to take up the entitlement if you or your son or daughter would prefer not to have school meals, but being registered means that we will have an additional £935 per annum, per registered pupil, in the school’s budget.
To be eligible for free school meals the child’s family must be in receipt of one of the following benefits.
Income Based Jobseekers Allowance
Child Tax Credit (not including Working Tax Credit) if the household income is below £16,190
Guaranteed Element of State Pension Credit
An Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
Kent County Council have launched an online Free School Meals application service including an eligibility assessment to establish whether you have an entitlement to Free School Meals. This can be accessed at http://www.kent.gov.uk/education-and-children/schools/free-school-meals
The school will be notified automatically of any successful applications.