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.
NPA School Menu
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 £2.35 per day. Meals are provided free to those who have this entitlement. Currently all children in EYFS and KS1 (Y1, Y2, Y3 and Y4) are entitled to a free school meal.
It is our school policy that when children have lunches regularly, the lunches must be ordered in advance. Orders are made for a 3 week cycle. This cycle will run until May when the menu with will be updated for the next cycle. Please only choose meals if your child is not going to be bringing in a packed lunch, as the meals are prepared in advance and if your child does not eat them, food will be wasted and you may still be charged. Please also make sure you head over to Parent Pay and load on funds, unless your child is eligible for Free School Meals, if you are not sure if your child is eligible please contact the school office on 01772 421 599. As stated above the cost of the meals are £2.35 per day.
If you are planning for your child/ren to have one-off lunches please make payment for the lunch on Parent Pay first and then contact the school office to confirm your meal choice. Families who order a lunch ‘on the day’ are asked to make payment on Parent Pay and then contact the school office 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 Local Academy Council 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 Multi-Academy Trust Finance team, which may involve legal action.
If you are worried about paying a school bill please speak with our Head of School, Mr Cunniffe, or our Inclusion Co-ordinator, Mrs Cole, as we may be able to set up a payment plan, or make a referral to another agency who can support you.
Children in Foundation Stage and KS1 receive a piece of fruit every day which is funded by the governments’ 5 a day scheme.
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.
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 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. The water inside these bottles must be plain, unflavoured water as this is the healthiest option for your child.
Free School Meals
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.
Your child may be able to get free school meals if you get any of the following:
- Universal Credit with a household income of less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)
- Income-Based Jobseekers' Allowance
- Income-Related Employment and Support Allowance
- Child Tax Credit, not entitled to Working Tax Credit and household income less than £16,190
- Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
- Income Support
- Working Tax Credit 'run on' – the payment you receive for a further four weeks after you finish work
Families should contact Lancashire County Council on 01772 532 109 to re/register children for ‘benefits based’ Free School Meals. Further information is available on the Lancashire County Council website.