The school can provide a school lunch or pupils are welcome to bring packed lunches. We try to encourage all pupils to eat a healthy balanced diet as part of our ‘Healthy School’, and would ask that packed lunches reflect this as much as possible. Please ensure lunch boxes are clearly labelled with your child’s full name and class number.
School meals are nutritionally balanced and prepared freshly every day by the school cooks. If your child is to have a school lunch, please send money on Monday morning for the week. Alternatively you may pay half-termly or termly (this can be done by School Gateway or by cheque.) Please note that one weeks’ written notice is needed to change from dinners to packed lunches, and vice versa.
Children are supervised at lunchtime by midday supervisors, although teachers are always on hand. There are a wide range of activities available to children at lunchtimes, including access to the library.
Please note that we are a ‘nut-free’ (and currently sesame-free) school so we would ask that all packed lunches and snacks are nut and sesame-free.
The school offers ‘Pupil Choice’ which allows children to choose their school dinner in advance for the week during registration time.
We also offer pupils the option to choose which days they can have a school dinner or packed lunch during a week. If your child wishes to change the number of days (or changing their days) they have a school dinner, please let the office know and give a week’s notice. Please note, if your child chooses to have a dinner on a Wednesday for example, they must have a dinner every Wednesday.
Halal will also be available every Wednesday and Thursday.
Autumn Term 2018
- Daily: £2.45
- Weekly: £12.25
- 1st Half Term (4th Sept – 26th Oct=39 days): £95.55
- 2nd Half Term (5th Nov – 21st Dec = 35 days): £85.75
- Whole Autumn Term: £181.30
Payment can be made online by School Gateway or by using the School Gateway app. If using this method please use the bank transfer option. Cheques can still be made and are payable to HERTS CATERING LTD not the school. If paying by cash please enclose the correct amount in a sealed envelope with your child’s name written on the front and hand to the class teacher or office.
Free School Meals
The number of pupils in our school who are eligible (having claimed) for free school meals has a direct impact on School funding; money that we receive from the government in our annual budget is directly linked to the number of free school meal places we have. Recently less and less families have been claiming, especially if their child would prefer packed lunches anyway. Therefore, the Governors would like me to remind parents about the criteria for claiming for Free School Meals.
It is also important to highlight that for lower income families this doesn’t just entitle you to lunches, but may also entitle you to remission of music fees, extended opportunities funding to attend clubs, discounted cycling courses and other price reductions. Some parents may be concerned that others may find out who is receiving free school meals, but I would like to reassure you that this is completely confidential. The information is not put on class registers and only the office staff have this information.
Do you or your partner receive any of the following benefits:
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit (as long as you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and you don’t get more than £16,190 a year)
- Working Tax Credit run-on (paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
- Universal Credit.
If you have answered ‘yes’ for any of the above you should register for Free School Meals (FSM) unless you have already applied.
It only takes 5 minutes to apply and in most cases they can tell you straightaway if your child can get free school meals at school and you will be eligible for a third off all residential trips.
Please register either online: www.hertsdirect.org/freeschoolmeals or phone: 0300 1234048.
Changing School Meal Pattern
Please note we require 1 week’s notice if your child wishes to change their meal pattern. Please print and return the Change of meal pattern form or request a copy from the school office.
Hertfordshire Catering Limited
HCL provide the school with the Pupil Choice menu.
Click here for HCL website.