The school dinner’s system is managed by a company called Dolce. They set prices, manage orders and ensure that the kitchen is run efficiently. Children who would like a school dinner book their choice of meal online before 9.30am. This can be done at home or at school. Meals can be booked in advance if preferred. If payment is needed this is also done online directly to Dolce. This is a cashless
system so money is not brought to the school office. If a child’s meals have not been paid for over a 5 day period further meals will not be provided until payments have been updated. If you think your child may be entitled to Free School Meals please obtain a form from the school office.
Office staff can also help you to complete the form if needed. It can also be completed online. Please can we ask all parents to apply for free school meals if they think they may be eligible, particularly if they are already receiving a free meal because they receive it automatically because they are in FS2 or Year 1 or Year 2. The school receives money based on the number of children who have
completed a free school meals form and it is decided are eligible. We also track the progress of these children particularly carefully. We often don’t receive the money which we are entitled to if parents don’t apply and we also don’t fully recognise the children that we should be looking at carefully.
Any families that are successful in applying for free school meals are also entitled to free toast for their children every day and free places at the morning breakfast club. If your child is entitled to free school meals you still order meals online as described above but with no payment needed. The kitchens are able to provide a packed lunch for your child if they are on a school trip but these must be booked in advance online, whether payment is needed or not.
Children may bring a packed lunch from home if preferred. Please label lunch boxes clearly with your child’s name as many look the same! All children are provided with a water bottle at the start of the school year and are encouraged to drink water throughout the day.
Children in the Foundation Unit receive free school milk but milk is also available for other children in school and can be purchased in advance on a half termly basis. Letters are sent out to give parents plenty of time to pay but orders will not be taken
after the deadline. The cost varies as it is dependent on the number of school days in each half term. Please note no refunds are given for milk not consumed except in the case of a pupil leaving the school.
FREE FRUIT IN SCHOOL
As part of the Healthy Schools Initiative our school participates in the Free Fruit and Vegetables for Schools scheme which means that all Foundation Unit and Key Stage 1 children are provided with a piece of fresh fruit or vegetables every day. This scheme is very popular with the children who regularly enjoy bananas, apples, oranges, pears and carrots.
All children in KS1 and KS2 can choose to have toast at morning playtime. If a child is eligible for free school meals the toast is free, if not there is a charge of 20p per day. We find that many children enjoy having toast and this helps their levels of
concentration throughout the morning.
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