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School Meals

The menu has been put together to meet the new nutritional standards required by the government to  ensure the children get balanced and varied dinners. As our dinners are cooked daily on site, our catering staff need accurate figures of how many dinners they need to cook.


To enable the kitchen to provide a cost effective service we use a dinner band system to avoid food being cooked unnecessarily.


We do ask that parents/guardians send dinner money in an envelope to school on a Monday whenever possible, even if your child is not having meals until later in the week.  Alternatively, you can pay for your child's meals via School Money.


Dinners cost £2.10 per day.


Children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 will have an automatic qualification to receive a free school meal.

Please find below information on applying for Free School Meals

Free school meals are different to Universal Free School Meals which are provided to children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. Free School Meals are allocated according to family income and therefore are available to any child that qualifies, regardless of their age.

You can apply for Free School Meals if you receive one of these benefits:

  • Income Support

  • Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance

  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance

  • Child Tax Credit (provided you're not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have a 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

  • The guaranteed element of Pension Credit

  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act, 1999

  • Universal Tax 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)


Please note that if you are not in receipt of one of the listed benefits, any application will be refused by Essex County Council.


The school receives funding called Pupil Premium, for any child that is or has been entitled to Free School Meals. The school uses this funding to support and enhance the learning of those pupils. It is important to register for entitlement to free school meals, regardless of the year group that your child is in, in order for the school to receive Pupil Premium funding.


Universal Infant Free School Meals

Automatic entitlement to a Universal Infant Free School Meal finishes at the end of Year 2 and only children from low income families are eligible from Year 3. Parents should apply for free school meals in the August of the year that their child is entering Year 3, or if your child is Year 4 or older if you believe you meet the low income eligibility criteria.


Making an Application

Please click on the link below to complete a Free School Meals application:

Free School Meal Application