School menus are carefully developed to appeal to children and provide a perfect balance of essential nutrients and also offer children the opportunity of trying some meals they may not have tried before. Your child can choose from two main meal options provided every day, each one accompanied by a vegetable or salad choice. Jacket potatoes with an assortment of popular and tasty fillings are also available, served with an attractive side salad. In addition to their main meal, children can choose from a dessert which could be a selection of yoghurts, cheese and crackers or fresh fruit. Fruit drinks and water are also available.
We also offer a healthy deli-bar on Tuesday and Thursday each week, where the children can choose a filling of their choice for a wrap, together with salad from the salad bar.
School meals provides the opportunity to further develop children's social skills as they sit down with friends to enjoy their lunch and using cutlery provided. School meals help to encourage good eating habits from a young age.
School Meals cost £2.25 per day, we offer a flexible dining option where your child can have hot dinners as follows:
Option 1) All Week = £11.25
Option 2) Monday & Friday = £4.50
Option 3) Monday, Wednesday & Friday = £6.75
As we are a cashless school, School Meals are charged to your child's ParentPay account at the beginning of each school day.
We encourage children who bring packed lunch to school to adopt our healthy eating policy.
Universal Free School Meals
Children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 receive government funding for Universal Free School Meals. This entitles the children to be able to receive a school meal free of charge for as long as this initiative is in operation.
All Parents are encouraged to check to see if they are entitled to free school meals for their children, regardless of this initiative, as this provides additional funding for schools to enable schools to purchase further resources or support for children.
Free School Meals
We encourage Parents to enquire if they qualify for Free School Meals for their children.
Your child may be able to get free school meals if you get any of the following:
· Income Support
· income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
· income-related Employment and Support Allowance
· support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
· the guaranteed element of 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
· Universal Credit - if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get).
As from the 1 April 2018 a Universal Credit wage threshold for people in receipt of Universal Credit is being introduced, any new applicants from 1 April 2018 who are working and have a net income of less than £7400.00 per annum will be eligible for Free School Meals. If your child was eligible before 1 April 2018, they will stay eligible until March 2022 regardless of any change in your circumstances.
If your child is eligible for Free School Meals after 1st April 2018, they will remain eligible for Free School Meals until March 2022 regardless of any change to your circumstances.
If your child is entitled to Free School Meals all details remain totally confidential. There are other benefits to Parents of children who receive Free School Meals for example there is no charge for Off Site Educational Visits, 50% reduction towards the costs of Residential Trips, as agreed with our governing body.
If Sefton Council is your local authority and you would like to check to see if your child is entitled to Free School Meals, then please either visit https://sefton.gov.uk/schools-learning/grants-and-funding/free-school-meals.aspx to download an application form or telephone 0151 934 3263/3246 and request an application form. Once you have completed the form, you can either send it back to Sefton Council or pass it into our school office in confidence and they will forward it on for you.
If Knowsley Council is your local authority, please copy the following link into your browser, where you can download the application form for Free School Meals. This form is to be returned to a one-stop shop nearby where you live.
Should you require any further assistance with applying for Free School Meals, please do not hesitate to call into the school office and we will try our best to help with your enquiry.