Free School Meals
Your child may be able to get free school meals if you get any of the following:
Children who get paid these benefits directly, instead of through a parent or guardian, can also get free school meals. Please contact Mrs Siedle in the office for further details and an application form.
What about infants that receive a free meal under universal infant free school meals?
There is no requirement to continue to provide universal infant free school meals to pupils in Reception, Year 1, or Year 2 who are unable to attend school. Children in those year groups who are eligible for benefits-related free school meals will be supported, please apply through the school office.
All meals are freshly prepared and cooked on a daily basis. Each meal comprises a hot dish, followed by a dessert with the option of fruit, cheese and crackers or yoghurt.
A menu is available on this page on a termly basis outlining seasonal changes to the food on offer. Children may choose to have school dinners on a daily basis at registration time.
The cost is £2.00 per day for nursery children and £2.40 per day for the rest of the school, which is payable through ParentPay. Children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 receive the Universal Infant Free School Meal scheme where the government fund the cost of a school meal. Children are also welcome to bring their own packed lunches to eat at school; we find that over 80% of children opt for hot school meals on a daily basis.
Buckland School is very committed to being a “healthy eating” environment and therefore requests that children do not bring sweets to school.
Reception and Key Stage 1 children receive a free piece of fruit for their daily snack through the Government '5 A Day' scheme.
We request that other snacks brought in to school must be of a healthy nature (no crisps or chocolate biscuits) and, due to allergies, no nuts or nut based products are brought into school.
As a ‘Healthy School’ we do have a food policy which emphasises our commitment to give our pupils consistent messages about all aspects of food and health. This is available from the office.
Children under the age of 5 year's old are entitled to free milk, for those over this age parents can pay a small fee for milk and can register via www.coolmilk.com or speak to the office.