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.
Spring Term 2017 – School Dinner Prices
- Daily: £2.25
- Weekly: £11.25
- 1st Half Term (9th Jan – 10th Feb = 25 days): £56.25
- 2nd Half Term (20th Feb – 31st March = 30 days): £67.50
- Whole Spring Term: £123.75
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. 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 from packed lunch to school dinners or visa versa. Please print and return the Change of School Meal form or request a copy from the school office. Children must have either school dinners or packed lunches. We are unable to accommodate a mix each day.