All children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are able to have a 'universal free school meal' every day, so we will order a dinner for them unless you inform us otherwise.
Free School Meals (FSM) are also available for families receiving certain benefits;
you are invited to contact the school office if you think you might be entitled and would like to discuss this in confidence.
Savings to each family by opting for FSM could total around £450 per child, per year so we would certainly encourage you to take up the offer if you can.
Parents are required to complete an order form and for those who need to pay, you will be invoiced directly via Arbor enabling you to pay on-line.
Although we encourage children to have a cooked meal, they can bring a healthy packed lunch if they wish. We do not encourage sweets, fizzy drinks or excessive sugary foods and we value parents support with this.
Chef Development Manager for Leicestershire Food Support Services, Brian Gardiner, states in their recent newsletter: “Myself and the team have worked closely with our dieticians Paula and Jessica to reduce the sugar and fat content of many of our dishes so that you will still be able to enjoy our dishes without this effecting the taste and quality of our end product; we do this to meet the Government Standards for food that is served in Primary Schools across the UK.
We are very proud to say that we hold the Gold Food For Life award. Up to 30% of green house gas emissions globally are linked to agriculture and food production, and the environmental impact of the food we eat is one of the key changes we can make to tackle the issue of climate change. Reductions in red and processed meat is something we have worked hard on in this menu. We work closely with all our suppliers to ensure we supply you with the best quality ingredient’s, locally sourced where ever possible. All the meat we use on our menu is Red Tractor, Farm Assured and wherever possible we use Organic Meat. For our customers that are non-meat eaters then please be assured that we only use the finest tried and tested ingredients in your recipes too.”
Find out what your children will be enjoying at dinner time by clicking on the menu below or you can visit the website for updated live feeds to include recipe ideas and theme days.
Free School Meals
Free school meals are available to children from low income households. If your child is eligible for free school meals, not only will they benefit from a free healthy and nutritious meal every lunch time, the school will also receive additional funding (Pupil Premium) to help them fulfil their potential at school as well.
Who is eligible?
Your child may be able to get free school meals if you get any of the following:
income-based Job seekers 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 (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
Children who get any of the above benefits in their own right (i.e. they get benefits payments directly, instead of through a parent or guardian) can also get free school meals.
Children under the compulsory school age who are in full time education may also be able to get free school meals.
Download an application form below for free school meals.
The free school meals form should be sent to County Hall:
School Food Support Service
If you have any problems filling out the form please contact the school for help on 01476 870393
Additionally if you require require any advice about your eligibility for free school meals, please telephone School Food Support on 0116 3057093 or 0116 3056588.