Our school is proud of having achieved the Healthy Eating Award within the Lancashire Healthy Schools Programme. We are very fortunate to have on-site catering facilities and staff and therefore high quality, fresh food is prepared daily. Our school lunches are provided by Lancashire County Council’s catering service. Lancashire County Council’s school meals menus are available on their website. We supply the ‘Fresher Plus’ menu. We are currently serving the Spring/ Summer menu which is available here – need a link to document and its allergens list is available here – need a link to document.
We ask families to complete a section in the Pupil Information Pack to let us know what kind of meal their children will have.
Please contact the school office on 01772 421599 if you would like more information.
We offer milk through the lunchtime catering service, as a drink alongside the meal, which is available to all children.
School meals are provided at a cost of £2.30 per day. Meals are provided free to those who have this entitlement. Currently all children in EYFS and KS1 are entitled to a free school meal.
From September 2014 children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are entitled to a funded school meal, known as the Universal Infant Free School Meal.
We ask that families of children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 who are eligible to register for benefits-based Free School Meals continue to register, as this attracts additional funding (Pupil Premium Grant) that the school can use to support children’s learning.
If children are registered for benefits-based Free School Meals they and the school will benefit from additional funding (Pupil Premium Grant. Families can read our report on how we use the Pupil Premium Grant to support children’s learning on the Sports and Pupil Premium Page ( need a link to this page).
If you think your KS2 child might be entitled to free school meals please collect a form from the school office.
The government made some changes to Free School Meals eligibility in Spring 2018, which are explained in their guidance, here.
Children can be registered for a Free School Meal if 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
There will be a phased handover from the old to new eligibility criteria, which is explained in the guidance.
Families should contact Lancashire County Council on 01772 531809 to re/register children for ‘benefits based’ Free School Meals. Further information is available on the Lancashire County Council website.
It is our school policy that when children have lunches regularly, the lunches be ordered and paid for weekly in advance – we ask that families only pay ‘on the day’ if they are having one-off lunches. Children who order a lunch ‘on the day’ are asked to pay – at the latest – by 10.30am on the day they are to be taken.
This is in order for our admin and kitchen teams to be able to accurately forecast, order and produce the number of lunches which will be needed.
If children come to school without a packed lunch from home, and we are not able to contact a family member to make other arrangements, a school meal will be ordered and charged for them.
If families do not pay for school meals that are taken, they have to be paid for from the school’s budget. This means that money which should be spent on all pupils’ education in school is used to pay for debts incurred by individuals.
The Governing Body see this as unacceptable, and therefore adopt the Lancashire County Council Debt Management Policy for chargeable items such as school lunches, in that:
- Payment must be received in advance.
- If payment is not received a reminder will be issued.
- If payment is not received when reminders are issued the school may decide to refer the debt to the Local Authority to collect, which may involve legal action.
For more details of these policies please see OUR POLICIES PAGE.
If you are worried about paying a school bill please speak with our Headteacher (Mrs Val Brookes) or our School Bursar (Mrs Boothby) as we may be able to set up a payment plan, or make a referral to another agency who can support you.
During morning break children are able to purchase wholemeal toast at a cost of 20p per slice. Money for this can be sent in daily or £1 can be sent per week in order that your child can have one slice per day.
In the KS2 department, classes 1, 2 and 3, children may purchase more than one slice.
In the Foundation Stage/KS2 department, classes 4 and 5, there is an alternative of a piece of fruit.
Children in Foundation Stage and KS1 receive a piece of fruit every day which is funded by the governments’ 5 a day scheme. This is usually eaten during afternoon playtime.
In line with Food Standards all Foundation Stage and KS1 children are offered reduced-fat milk daily. Children who are entitled to free school meals are also entitled to free milk. Milk for everyone else is charged at £12 per term.
Children only have to pay for milk from the term in which they turn 5 therefore some reception children will not need to pay for some of the time. If you are not sure about how this affects your child please speak to Miss Cookson or Mr Trainor Tute in the office
Because of the health benefits of drinking water we encourage our children to bring water bottles to school so that they have access to water throughout the day. These bottles must be the ones provided by school. These are available from the school office at a cost of £1.30. The water inside these bottles must be plain, unflavoured water as this is the healthiest option for your child.