School lunches are provided by a company called ‘Mellors’. Parents must complete an application form before the child can have school dinner. If you would prefer your child to bring a packed lunch, they must bring one every day. Mellors ask that parents give one week’s notice if a child wishes to change from dinner to packed lunch or vice versa. Parents must pay weekly in advance for their child’s lunch. Mellors can’t accommodate children switching from packed lunch to school meals daily. Currently every child in Foundation 2, Year 1 and Year 2 is entitled to a Universal Free School Meal.
Even though your child may be receiving a Universal Infant Free School Meal next year, it is important you all still apply for a Free School Meal if you are currently, or over the next academic year, have an entitlement, as this does an impact on the schools funding and possibly your child’s resources.
Your child may be eligible to receive a free school meal if you receive any of the following:
Universal Credit with an earnings threshold that does not exceed £7400
Income Based Jobseekers Allowance
Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
Child Tax Credit, provided you are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income, as assessed by HMRC that does not exceed £16,190
Guaranteed Element of State Pension Credit
Where a parent is entitled to Working Tax Credit run-on (the payment someone receives for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.
School meals can be paid for via Parent Mail + Pay on the internet. Please ask at the office if you require assistance logging on to the Parent Mail system. They can also be paid for by cash/cheque in a clearly marked envelope with your child’s class and name on.
For Health and Safety reasons Supervisory Staff do not open pots, packages or provide spoons. All food and drink must be accessible, independently, by your child.