If your child is attending school full-time they will be staying for lunch time. Please ensure you make arrangements for their lunches. As of September 2014, all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are entitled to a school meal under the Government’s Universal Free School Meals Scheme.
All payments for school meals are collected via ParentPay. Payments can be made online or at shops with the PayPoint sign using your barcoded letter. There is a shop in Dunsmure Road that has this facility.
Once your child starts attending school full-time you will receive a letter which will include a username and password for online payments and a bar-code for shop payments. School meal accounts must be in credit for your child to receive a school meal and so you must as a matter of urgency make the necessary payments. School meals cost £2 per day and we suggest you pay at least one week (£10) in advance to keep the account in credit. If your child’s account falls below £8 (4 meals) you will receive a text alerting you of this. Online payments take 24hours to show on the account, shop payments can take up to 3 days, so please allow for this when arranging payments.
Reception, Year 1 & Year 2 only – Universal Free School Meals
From September 2014 all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 classes will receive a free hot meal at lunchtime in school. This is in line with the Government’s drive to ensure every infant school child has a healthy and nutritious lunch provided by the school to enhance their development and well-being and also to build on good eating routines.
Eligibility to Free School Meals and the Pupil Premium Grant
All parents are encouraged to apply for Free School Meals and the Pupil Premium Grant. It is very important to the school that all parents complete the registration and application for the above by going to https://ems.learningtrust.co.uk/CitizenPortal_LIVE/Account/Register regardless of whether your child is receiving the Reception & KS1 Government Funded Universal Free School Meal or whether they just have packed lunches. The school receives extra funding (Pupil Premium Grant) for each child who is genuinely eligible for free school meals based on their family circumstances which is used towards supporting teaching and learning. The school website has a breakdown of how these funds are used. Please go to https://www.learningtrust.co.uk/schools/Pages/PupilBenefits.aspx for further information. Please note that we are unable to provide your child with a free school meal until we have received written confirmation from the Learning Trust.
You are welcome to provide your child with a packed lunch which should contain healthy foods. The school meals are moving towards a healthy organic menu (where possible) with lots of fresh vegetables and interesting meals. We would like to see all the children eating healthily. Therefore, our request to parents providing packed lunches is avoid crisps and chocolates. Please do not provide sugary drinks – water is available or may be provided. There are lots of alternatives for healthy packed lunches and you can find out more in the downloadable booklet on the right.