We were awarded ‘Healthy School Status’ in 2011.
Types of school meal
Every parent/carer is responsible for providing a lunch for their child.
Your child’s lunch can be:
- A paid school meal
- A Universal Infant Free School Meal (UIFSM)
- A Free School Meal (FSM)
- A packed lunch from home
- A home dinner.
We encourage all pupils to have a hot school meal. If you don’t want your child to have school meals, you need to arrange with the school office to collect your child at lunch times, so you can take them home and feed them there. You will need to return your child to school before the end of their lunch hour.
If your child is late for school, please come to the School Office so that we know they will need a school lunch.
If your child forgets their packed lunch and we give them a paid school meal, you must pay for it by the next morning.
Choosing what kind of meal to have
At the beginning of each term, your child must tell us whether they want to have a school meal, a packed lunch from home or a home dinner.
If they want to change later on, you should complete a Meal Change Request Form from the school office.
We will need at least two weeks’ notice of any changes, as we order food for the kitchen well in advance. Please tell us at the beginning of a half-term if you can.
Free School Meals (FSM)
Your child may be entitled to Free School Meals if you are getting one of these benefits:
- Income support
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- NASS support
- Guaranteed element of the State Pension
- Child Tax Credit, with an income of £16,190 or less where the household is not getting Working Tax Credit
- Working Tax Credit for the four weeks after employment ends.
If you want to claim FSM, you need to complete an application form. You can get one from the School Office. All applications are confidential.
If your child has a packed lunch but they are entitled to FSM, we encourage you to apply for FSM instead.
Universal Infant Free School Meals
All children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are eligible for a Universal Infant Free School Meal.
Please read our full draft packed lunch policy
The school menu
The menu is set on a three-week cycle. We review and update the menu once a term to reflect seasonal fruits and vegetables. Menus are approved by the Senior Leadership Team, School Council and HEP.
A vegetarian dish is always on offer. We do not cook pork, and all meat is Halal.
Please feel free to download this term’s lunch menu and read our school menu compliance report
How to pay for school meals
You must pay for school meals in advance unless your child has an FSM or UIFSM.
School meals cost £2 per day or £10 per week, payable in advance online. You are welcome to use the school’s computers and internet connection to pay.
You should pay on Monday morning each week, or you can pay for up to a term in advance if it’s more convenient for you.
If you genuinely forget to pay, we will ask you to pay the following day.
If your child misses school, the cost of any meals they miss will be carried over to the following week. We only give refunds at the end of term, or if a child moves to another school.
What we do about debts
If parents/carers don’t pay for school meals, the cost has to be taken out of the school budget, which should be spent on children’s education.
We have a strict ‘no debts’ policy on school meals. If you are struggling to keep up with your school dinner payments, please make an appointment to discuss the matter with the school office business manager Marsha on 0208 985 6176.
Please refer to our Debt Management Policy for more information.
Healthy School status
We were awarded national Healthy School status in 2011.
To gain this status, we had to show that we had reached the Healthy School standard in four areas:
- PSHE: personal, social and health education including sex and relationship education. PSHE provides pupils with the knowledge, understanding, skills and attitudes to make informed decisions about their lives.
- Healthy eating. Pupils have the confidence, skills and understanding to make healthy food choices. Healthy and nutritious food and drink is available throughout the school day.
- Physical activity. Pupils are provided with a range of opportunities to be physically active during and after school. They understand how physical activity can help them to improve their health and be a part of their everyday life.
- Emotional health and wellbeing (including bullying): promoting positive emotional health and wellbeing to help pupils understand and express their feelings, build their confidence and emotional resilience and therefore their capacity to learn.