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School Meals

Lunch time


Hot meals are provided by Nourish Catering.  They conform to the new government healthy standards and the lunch cost is £2.68 a day.


School lunches should be paid for in advance or on the day via Arbor


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.  Also see below for links to some ideas from the NHS website.


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.


We sometimes have special menus - see above 





Children may bring fruit for break times.  We do not allow children to bring sweets or chocolate into school.


We ask parents not to include nuts or nut products (eg peanut butter, Nutella) in snacks or packed lunches due to allergies within the school.


Years R/1/2 get free fruit at break time which we encourage them to eat.


Packed Lunches


For children who bring lunch to school, we encourage them and 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’s lunches and encourage them not to waste. We will try our best to inform you if your child is not eating their lunch.


Healthy lunchbox ideas

Lunchbox ideas and recipes – Healthier Families - NHS ( 


Healthy Snacks for home

Healthier snacks - Food facts - Healthier Families - NHS (


Healthier Families

Healthier Families - Home - NHS ( 


Free School Meals


Universal Free School Meals for Infants

For year R/1/2

From September 2014 the Government have funded 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.  The teacher will ask them what they want each day from the menu.


Pupil Premium

For all years

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 Support

  • 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 


The school is able to apply on your behalf and all we will need is your birth date and National Insurance number. The school will be notified automatically of any successful applications.