We are delighted to be able to offer cooked meals to all the children. For some years we have directly employed our own meals staff which means that we can control meal costs and offer a wide and varied menu . We have worked hard to try and ensure that we meet food guidelines and aim to offer healthy and where possible home cooked meals to the children. Vegetarian and other special dietary requirements can usually be catered for after prior consultation with the school cook. Children in Reception and Years 1 and 2 are entitled to a free school meal. From time to time we also offer themed lunches e.g. for Harvest, Valentine’s Day and of course Christmas.
Packed lunches should ideally consist of:
For further ideas please see https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/school-packed-lunch-inspiration or http://www.childrensfoodtrust.org.uk/childrens-food-trust/parents/your-childs-food-at-school/packed-lunches/what-to-put-in-a-lunchbox/
Unless eligible for a universal free school meal (Reception, Year 1 and Year 2) or have applied and are eligible for a free school meal, meals need to be paid for via ParentPay on a daily or weekly basis.
Currently school meals cost £2.20 per day - £11 per week (This charge only applies to children in Years 3-6).
All meals are to be paid for via ParentPay. A meal can only be provided if there are sufficient funds on the account.
Notification must be given before 10.30 am each day if a meal is required for a child who is to attend school later in the morning or who has forgotten a packed lunch. Please note that booked meals cannot be cancelled after 10.30 (as meal preparations have started by this time in the kitchen) and need to be paid for even if not taken.
In order to apply for or find out if you are entitled to a free school meal please visit the Essex Local Authority website page by clicking here to find the online application form and additional information.
You can also contact them by telephone on 0345 603 2200.
If you require further assistance please do ask at the school office.
Children in Reception and Years 1 & 2 are provided with a free daily fruit or veg snack. Children in Years 3 – 6 are requested to bring in a piece of fresh fruit or veg daily. (not fruit product or cereal bars etc.) No other snacks, etc. are permitted in school.
Parents/carers are asked to send in a fresh bottle of drinking water daily for their child /children to ensure they stay hydrated throughout the day. Do not send in squash or juice please. Fresh water is available from water fountains when children are outside during break and lunchtime.