Autumn 2020 update – children can be provided with a hot or cold school dinner (the meal choice and payment must be made in advance via ParentMail), or they can bring in a packed lunch. Meals will be eaten in their classrooms. See below for the temporary menu.
The school can provide a school lunch or pupils are welcome to bring their own 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 ensure meals have been selected at home in advance and paid for via your ParentMail account (register either via www.parentmail.co.uk or the free app).
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.
Autumn 2020 temporary meal options. The menu will be reviewed in October 2020.
School meal choices must be made in advance at home. Payment must also be made in advance on ParentMail. Herts Catering Limited do not allow debts.
Halal will be available every Wednesday and Thursday.
Autumn Term 2020
- Daily – £2.65
- Weekly – £13.25
- 1st Half Term: £98.05 (37 days)
- 2nd Half Term (including Inset Day 2nd November): £90.10 (34 days)
- Whole Autumn Term: £188.15
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.