School Dinners

School meals are administered and provided by Chartwells. and are available for your child via an online ordering service (ParentPay). There are options of a main meal, vegetarian meal, jacket potato, vegetarian packed lunch or meat packed lunch and a choice of fruit, yoghurt or pudding for dessert. Menus are updated on the ParentPay website twice a year (April and October). Once your child has started school, a letter will be issued to you with your log on information and details on how to order. If you have misplaced these details, please speak to the school office for assistance. Online orders need to be completed by midnight on Thursday each week in order to ensure your child’s meal order is processed for the following week (any meals placed after the cut off for the week will not be processed). Please note that all orders will need to be accompanied by payment if your child is not entitled to free school meals. Making a payment is a straightforward process and for security your card details will be stored on the system.

Any queries regarding school meals need to be directed to Chartwells either by calling them on 01908 615705 or by email:- creativekitchinadmin2@compass-group.co.uk

Universal Infant Free School Meals
From September 2014, the Government implemented its Universal Infant Free School Meal(UIFSM) programme for all pupils in Early Years and Years 1 and 2. As such, all children in EYFS and KS1 are entitled to a universal free school meal and these can be ordered in the same way as above but no money needs to be paid (once you go to the checkout page on ParentPay it will show as a zero value). All other children in the school i.e. Key Stage 2 pupils, will be required to pay for meals unless they are eligible for free school meals as a result of being in receipt of certain benefits.


Free School Meals (Pupil Premium)
If you are in receipt of certain benefits, you may be eligible for Free School Meals:-

  • Income Support

  • income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance

  • income-related 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 - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit

  • Universal Credit - if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)

  • Children under the compulsory school age who are in full time education may also be entitled to receive free school meals.

A new Citizen Portal has been launched to help you find out if your child qualifies for free school meals. Please visit it to sign up, even if your child is in EYFS, Year 1 or 2 and receiving universal free school meals, or if you have applied before and do not think you are eligible. In doing so, you will help us to find out whether we can claim Pupil Premium for your child. This is additional funding to spend on resources such as extra staff, books or school trips for eligible children.

The system is quick and simple to use and can be accessed via a smartphone or hand held device. If you qualify, you will receive a reference number that you simply bring in and show us at school to start receiving meals. Please register at:

https://www.cloudforedu.org.uk/ofsm/sims/

If you need help, please speak to the Office.