Each day the school cook, and her staff prepare a fresh two course meal using traditional cooking methods in our school kitchen. The menus, compiled by EATS (East Anglian Taste for Schools), follow a four week cycle which changes every term and a half. Printed menus are distributed to parents by the school office when a new one becomes available. If your child is a vegetarian, please inform the school office so that the vegetarian option can be provided for them.
The school collects dinner money on behalf of Suffolk County Council. Dinners currently cost £2.30 per day. It is Suffolk County Council's policy that all hot meals should be paid for in advance as follows:
• Payment to be made for the half term in advance or if this is not possible, then payment on the first day of the school week for all meals required that week. Payment for meals booked in an emergency must be paid for on the day.
• For families who qualify for free meals it is our policy that until confirmation of eligibility is received from Suffolk County Council, all meals should be paid for. When confirmation is received if any money is due to be repaid then you will be refunded.
• Please send all payments in an envelope marked with your child's name, class, dates of meals required and the amount. Cheques should be payable to Suffolk County Council.
•Payments due for each half term will be advised through the newsletter in advance.
Packed lunches may be eaten as an alternative. The box or container must be clearly marked with your child's name as these dinners will be stored in one cool central location. Please do not send sweets, fizzy drinks or glass bottles.
For mid-morning snacks the children eat only fruit/vegetables. Drinks can be obtained from drinking fountains that are located near each classroom. Children may bring a named, plastic closed top water bottle to school (containing only water). This is available to them in the classroom during the school day.
We ask parents not to send nuts into School as some children have a severe allergy to them.
Application forms for Free School meals are available from the school office or by visiting the Suffolk County Council website. Details of eligibility are printed on the form. If you meet the criteria we would encourage you to apply even if you would prefer your child to have a packed lunch. This is because part of our budget allocation, known as Pupil Premium, is based on the number of children entitled to Free School Meals. This extra money helps us provide support groups throughout the school along with much needed additional resources.
Universal Free School Meals were introduced from September 2014. All children in KS1 (7 years and under) are entitled to a free school meal. There is no form to be completed, your child will automatically have a school dinner if you do not provide them with a packed lunch.
The School believes that healthy eating is important for everyone, especially to ensure that they receive all the nutrients they need to grow and develop. Eating well and being physically active will improve your children's health as well as their ability to learn and achieve at school. Advice on healthy packed lunches can be found by contacting the British Nutrition Foundation. Information is available from the School Office.