From September 2021, our school meals are provided by ISS Education.
Please ensure you register your child/children before September if you wish your child/children to have a school meal. Please click here to access the “How to Guide”.
Please note that even though the children in Reception to Year 2 receive universal free school meals, you still need to register your children’s details with ISS.
If your child is joining year 3 in September 2021, you will need to pay for your child’s school meals in advance before the meals are taken.
The price of school meals is £2.35 per meal (£11.75 per week).
Please click on the links below for more information on the new catering company.
ISS welcome letter
ISS Parent Flyer
Free School Meals
All pupils in Reception to Year 2 are entitled to universal free school meals.
For pupils in Year 3 to Year 6, In accordance with the Social Security Act 1986, a pupil or parents must be in receipt of one or more of the following benefits to be eligible for free school meals:
- Income Support (IS)
- Jobseekers Allowance Income based (JSAIB)
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (IRESA)
- Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and
have an annual household income, as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue
and Customs that does not exceed £16,190
- Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after qualifying for Working Tax
- Guaranteed Element of State Pension Credit
- Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- Universal Credit household net annual earned income must not exceed
£7,400 as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs.
We encourage all our parents to apply online to ensure that they receive their entitlement. Families who alre eligible for free school meals may also receive additional support through the Government’s Holiday Activities and Food Programme, Click here to apply online for free school meals.
School Meal Debt
Whilst the majority of families keep their school meal account topped up, there are some parents who persistently run up debt school meals account. Where these debts are incurred the school is charged, this means that money which should be spent on our children’s education is used to pay for debts accumulated by a minority of parents.
From September 2021 we will have a one day rule which means that you are not allowed to be in debt for school meals by more than £2.35 (ie cost of meal for one day). If you are in debt for more than one day, your child will not be given school meal and you must provide a packed lunch. In these circumstances, parents will initially be sent a text message advising them of the above.
We would like to remind parents that it is a parent’s responsibility of care to ensure that food is provided for their children at lunchtime, not the schools. Please do not put your child in the embarrassing position of being refused a meal, please keep your school meals account topped up.
If you would prefer for your child to bring a packed lunch from home, please ensure that ISS Catering are aware of this so that you are not incorrectly charged for meals. It is important that packed lunches provide as healthy and balanced lunch as what they would eat at home.
This means plenty of foods that contain the nutrients that children need and fewer foods high in sugar and saturated fat.