Our school meals are of a high nutritious standard and are designed to be enjoyed by all children. Children have a choice of one of four meals each day; a hot meat dish, a hot vegetarian or fish dish, a jacket potato or a school packed lunch. Each is offered with a choice of dessert e.g. fruit, yoghurt, a hot pudding etc. and a drink of water. If your child has special dietary requirements, please speak to your child’s class teacher so we are able to meet their needs. School meals cost £2.08 per day and can be paid for using your Parent Pay account.
Alternatively, children are allowed to bring their own packed lunch to eat at school. They are also encouraged to bring a suitable drink to enjoy with their packed lunch e.g. fruit juice, water, low sugar squash etc. (no glass bottles please). Please provide your own cutlery for yoghurts/salads etc. from home. Unfortunately, we cannot dispose of any uneaten food, but many parents/carers feel that this allows them to monitor the amount that their child eats during the school day.
As part of our Healthy Schools Policy, children have access to fresh drinking water in the classroom and during lessons (no juice please). All children are provided with a free school water bottle at the end of Foundation Stage to encourage this – replacements are available from the school office for £1 if needed.
The children are supervised during lunch by a team of Lunchtime Assistants who provide a caring, sociable and enjoyable lunchtime for all.
Free School Meals
Children are entitled to receive free school meals if they or their parents or guardians 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
How to apply
If you think you might be eligible for free school meals, submit a claim via RMBC’s website. 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 of your last Universal Credit assessment periods. If you are eligible, RMBC will notify us. Your child will receive free school meals and the school will receive extra funding.