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School Meals

We provide high quality, healthy hot school meals for all children who are entitled to free school meals or who wish to pay for them from Nursery, and Year 3 to Year 6. They cost £12.75 per week or can be purchased for single days at a cost of £2.55.

There is a three-weekly menu, details of which can be obtained from the school office or downloaded below. If you think you may be eligible for free school meals, visit the Free School Meals page, or ask at the school office for details of how to apply.

Your child may bring a packed lunch instead if you wish. Please ensure that lunch boxes and drink containers are unbreakable and clearly named. Fizzy drinks and sweets (including chocolate bars) should not be included in lunches.

The government provides a piece of fresh fruit for all children in Nursery, Reception and KS1.

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My child has an allergy
Don’t worry if your child has an allergy or intolerance to some foods, just let us know so that we can give you some forms for yourself and a medical practitioner to complete; a recent photograph of your child will also be required. We will then send them off to our catering suppliers who will create a tailored menu to suit your needs.

Alternatively you can download them: 

Chartwells Medical Diets - A Parent's Guide

Medical Diet Request Form

Medical Diet: Supporting Evidence

Policies and guidelines can be found on Chartwells’ “loveschoolmeals” website.

Specifically under nutrition https://loveschoolmeals.co.uk/medical-diets/

Our delicious and healthy meals are prepared and cooked in school by Chartwells. Find out more by visiting https://www.parentpay.com/ this link can also be used to register for ordering and paying for school meals online.

Free School Meals

From September 2014 all children in reception class, year 1 and year 2 have been entitled to a free school meal – regardless of their parents’ income. However, you may still need to apply.

Why are school meals good?

Good food and good food culture has been shown to lead not only to healthier, happier and more fulfilled children, but to improved educational attainment.

New to school meals?

If you’re new to school meals and would like to find out about the food on offer here at Highweek, view the main School Meals page where you can download our current menu choices.

My child has an allergy

Don’t worry if your child has an allergy or intolerance to some goods, just let us know and we can give you some forms for yourself and a medical practitioner to complete, and a recent photograph will also be required.  We then send them off to our catering suppliers who will create a tailored menu to suit your needs.

What about free school meals for older children?

Children in Year 3 and above may also be entitled to free school meals if your family is in receipt of certain benefits. If you would like more details, please contact the school office or see below.

Do I need to apply for Free School Meals?

Families should apply if they get any of these benefits:

  • Income Support

  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance or 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

  • Universal Credit, provided you have an annual net earned income not exceeding £7,400 (£616.67 per month)

My children are going to get a Free School Meal anyway – why do I still need to apply?

If you are on any of the benefits listed above it’s important to still apply as any child registered for Free School Meals may get other help too if they qualify for Pupil Premium.  The Pupil Premium grant gives schools  additional funding to raise attainment and children that attract pupil premium may also qualify for other benefits:

  • Free school jumper/cardigan for each eligible child (one item per academic year)

  • Hot meals provided daily free of charge

  • Packed lunch provided for when your child when attending off-site visits all day.

How do I register?

To register your child/children for free school meals, please contact the school office or take a look on your council website. 

Phone – Parents/Carers can ring Education Helpline on 0345 155 1019.

What if my circumstances change?

If there is a change in your circumstances you should contact the Education Helpline on 0345 155 1019 as soon as possible as this may affect your entitlement.

 

For more information on the government’s vision for school meals, visit the School Food Plan website.

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