School Meals

The school offers hot and cold meals to children across school.  Our school lunches are provided by Lancashire County Council’s catering service. Lancashire County Council’s school meals menus are available on their website, here. We supply the ‘Fresher Plus’ menu. We are currently serving the Spring/ Summer menu which is available here, and its allergens list is available here. 

The school asks families to complete a section in the Pupil Information Pack to let us know what kind of meal their children will have.

Please contact the school office on 01524 67880 if you would like more information.

 

In line with Food Standards, all children are offered reduced-fat milk daily. We offer milk through the lunchtime catering service, as a drink alongside the meal, which is available to all children.

 

From September 2014 children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are entitled to a funded school meal, known as the Universal Infant Free School Meal.

We ask that families of children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 who are eligible to register for income-based Free School Meals continue to register, as this attracts additional funding (Pupil Premium Grant) that the school can use to support children’s learning.

 

If children are registered for income-based Free School Meals they and the school will benefit from additional funding (Pupil Premium Grant) and discounts (for some school trips). Families can read our report on how we use the Pupil Premium Grant to support children’s learning on the Statutory Data page.

 

The government made some changes to Free School Meals eligibility in Spring 2018, which are explained in their guidance, here.

Children can be registered for a Free School Meal if their parents/ carers receive any of the benefits below:
– Universal Credit, provided they have an annual net earned income not exceeding £7,400 (£616.67 per month)
– Income Support
– Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
– Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
– Support under Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
– The guarantee element of Pension Credit
– Child Tax Credit, provided they are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and
– have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190, as assessed by HMRC
– Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working
– Tax Credit

There will be a phased handover from the old to new eligibility criteria, which is explained in the guidance.

Children who were registered for income-based Free School Meals before the roll-out of Universal Credit continue to benefit from ‘protected registration’ – as explained in the attached guidance, here.

Families should contact Lancashire County Council on 01524 58 12 07 to re/register children for income-based Free School Meals. Further information is available on the Lancashire County Council website.

 

Children who are not registered for Universal Infant Free School Meals (Reception, Year 1 and Year 2), or income-based Free School Meals (all years) will be charged. From September 2018 school meals cost £2.30 each.

It is our school policy that when children have lunches regularly, the lunches be ordered and paid for weekly in advance – we ask that families only pay ‘on the day’ if they are having one-off lunches. Children who order a lunch ‘on the day’ are asked to pay – at the latest – by 10.30am on the day they are to be taken.

This is in order for our admin and kitchen teams to be able to accurately forecast, order and produce the number of lunches which will be needed.

If children come to school without a packed lunch from home, and we are not able to contact a family member to make other arrangements, a school meal will be ordered and charged for them.

If families do not pay for school meals that are taken, they have to be paid for from the school’s budget. This means that money which should be spent on all pupils’ education in school is used to pay for debts incurred by individuals.

The Governing Body see this as unacceptable, and therefore adopt the Lancashire County Council Debt Management Policy for chargable items such as school lunches, in that:
– Payment must be received in advance.
– If payment is not received a reminder will be issued.
– If payment is not received when reminders are issued the school may decide to refer the debt to the Local Authority to collect, which may involve legal action.

For more details of these policies please see the Policies page.

If you are worried about paying a school bill please speak with our Headteacher, School Business Manager, or one of our Family Support staff, as we may be able to set up a payment plan, or make a referral to another agency who can support you.