Children can choose to have a school dinner, bring a packed lunch or go home to dinner. School meals are cooked on the premises and are available at a cost of £2.30 per day unless you are eligible for free school meals. Reception and KS1 children are also entitled to a free school dinner under the Universal Infant Free School Meal Programme. All payments for school meals must be made online at www.parentpay.com. Parents need to use their individual log-in to allocate funds to their child and to request meals in advance. Meal choices can be made up to 3 weeks in advance and must be made by 8am each day. If your child is absent, the credit will be carried forward. Failure to pay for school dinners will result in a debt being added to your account, and could result in you being ask to provide a packed lunch for your child in future. Children bringing a packed lunch may bring a non-fizzy drink in a suitable, water tight, non-breakable container. Applications for free school meals and further information can be obtained from the school office.
Parents and carers can now apply for free school meals online via the Citizen Portal, using the link below. Your eligibility will be checked online, and the portal will let you know whether your child is eligible for free school meals. If your child is eligible you will receive a confirmation message, and the school will be notified directly. If you are not eligible you will be presented with a message stating this.
All children under 5 years old receive free school milk. The school operates a milk scheme for all other children in conjunction with School Milk Services Ltd. Order forms are available from the school office, and payment made directly to the dairy. Please order milk well in advance of the school term as it takes at least 2 weeks for the dairy to process the orders and payments.
Under the School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme, all Infant children are given a piece of fruit every day. Key Stage 2 children are welcome to bring fresh fruit to school. Julie, the school cook, also runs a tuck shop at break times where the children can purchase toast.
The Government gives money to schools to help children from lower income families—this is called a ’Pupil Premium’. As of April this year you may be eligible for help if you fall into one of the following categories:
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Please do claim as it helps the school with additional funding if you do. To apply for free school meals, you can telephone South Gloucestershire Council on 01454 868008 or alternatively visit the South Gloucestershire Council website (www.southglos.gov.uk) for an application form. Application forms are also available in the information rack in the school foyer.