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School Dinners

Lunchtime at our school is between 12.00pm and 1pm. We have an excellent kitchen team who offer a fantastic daily selection of healthy meals which can be found on our weekly newsletters. .

Lunchtime - Hot school meals 

Hot school meals are provided from our school kitchen. Lunches are cooked on the premises and cost £2.50 per day. A menu is displayed in the entrance foyer and can also be found on our most recent newsletter. Vegetarians and special diets are catered for, please ask at the school office for details. In addition to the published menu we also have special themed meals, often relevant to events in school. We that parents pre-pay for school meals using Pay360 (previously known as SIMSPay). 

In preparing packed lunches parents are asked to provide non-fizzy cold drinks only in spill proof containers, and we would also like to ask that no flasks, glass bottles, hot drinks or cans are included in the packed lunches. Water is freely available in the dining room. We encourage parents to only provide healthy home made sandwich meals for their children and to talk to their children about this. Please note that no food items containing nuts are allowed in school because of concerns around allergic reactions.

Free school meals Key stage 1 

Please note that all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are entitled to receive a free school meal, regardless of income, in line with the Government’s Universal Infant Free School Meals initiative. There is no need to make an application to the Local Authority for parents of these children.

Free school meals Key Stage 2

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)
Children who get paid these benefits directly, instead of through a parent or guardian, may also get free school meals.

You can check your eligibility using this checker and then make an application directly to Essex County Council

Break time snacks

Children may bring a mid-morning snack to school. In the interests of health, parents are requested not to send sweets (including chewing gum) and to avoid chocolate snacks. Please note that no food items containing nuts are allowed in school because of concerns around allergic reactions.

Children in the Foundation class are provided with a snack and drink in "snack time". All of our children receive free fruit or vegetables daily through the School Fruit & Vegetable Scheme which is supplemented by our school kitchen.