School Dinners

School Lunches

Our School Dinners are provided by Principals catering. These can be ordered for children on a daily basis. Children in Saplings, Elms and Beech are entitled to a free hot school dinner under the Universal Free school Meal initiative, introduced by the government in September 2014. These meals are free for Key Stage 1 children.  

Children in Willows, Ash and Oaks may order a school dinner each morning via the dinner register. Parents will be asked to pay £2.20 for these meals. 

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The link to Principals webpage can be found below. 
 
 
What are Universal Free School Meals? 

In 2014, the government began the Universal Free School Meal Initiative in all schools. This means that children who are in Reception (Saplings), Year 1 (Elms), or Year 2 (Beech) can have a hot school meal provided for them at no cost to parents. You do not need to apply for this or complete a form. Each morning the teachers will complete a dinner register. If you do not want your child to eat a hot dinner then please send them into school with a packed lunch, otherwise a school dinner will be provided.  As we ask children each day, this means that you can mix and match free hot dinners and packed lunches from home throughout the week. 

The universal free school meal initiative does not apply to children in key stage 2 (Year 3 - 6) however meals can be ordered on a daily basis. Please ask the office for further details. 

 

What are Free School Meals?

 Free school meals are a statutory benefit available to children from families who receive other qualifying benefits and who have been through the relevant registration process. The opportunity to receive a free school meal is extremely important to a substantial number of children from low income families, for whom a school lunch may be the only balanced meal they will eat in a day.

Research, conducted by the children’s food trust, shows that when children eat better, they do better. Whether families are paying for school meals or are entitled to them for free, children are more likely to concentrate in the classroom in the afternoon after eating healthy school lunches in a pleasant environment. This also improves their health and their learning about making better food choices.

Free school meals save parents’ time and money, and provide much needed reassurance that their children are eating a healthy, balanced lunch every day. The government’s introduction of the Pupil Premium and the extra school funding of £623 for every child registered for free school meals that it brings, underlines the importance that schools ensure each child that qualifies is actually signed up.

 

Who Qualifies for a Free School Meal?

Parents living in England and Wales do not have to pay for their children’s school lunches if they receive any of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The ‘Guarantee’ element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income that does not exceed £16,190

 

Parents that receive working tax credit are not entitled to claim free school meals for their children.You can also make a payment by visiting the website  http://principals-catering.com/