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Church of England Primary School

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Covid-19 and Free School Meals

If your situation has changed due to the Covid-19 crisis, you may be able to apply for free school meals. Please contact the school office for further details and an application form. They will help you make the process easy.

Your child may be able to get free school meals if you get any of the following:

  • 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 who get paid these benefits directly, instead of through a parent or guardian, can also get free school meals.

 

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.

 

Milk 

 

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 Mrs Siedle in the office. 

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