School Meals

The school has dining facilities, sufficient to cater for all children who wish to have a cooked meal at lunch times.  Menus are cooked with fresh ingredients each day and provide a well balanced and nutritious meal.  Vegetarian alternatives are always available.  Provision is also made for those who prefer to bring a packed lunch. St Mary’s is a ‘nut free zone’, particularly as the number of children with allergies is on the increase.  We ask parents to be vigilant with this request and not to include any foods containing nut products within packed lunches. Children may also bring a water bottle for playtime and fruit, but no fizzy drinks, chocolate or sweets should be brought to school. 

Children in Reception and Years 1 & 2 are offered fruit each day and children aged under 5 years also have milk. 

 

ISS Education is the provider of our School Meals  please click here to view their website and current school menu.

 

Free School Meals

From September 2014, all pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 will be eligible for unified infant free school meals...

 

Free School Meals are a benefit which can equate to £400 per year; they can be claimed not just by those currently unemployed but by those already in receipt of a number of benefits. Please see the updated list below to see if you qualify. If you do, registration is easy – simply complete the application form on this webpage.  If we require more information we will let you know.

Do you qualify?

You can register your child if you receive any of these benefits:

  • Income Support
  • income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • the guaranteed element of State 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

 

Free School Meals and the Pupil Premium

 The ‘Free School Meals / Pupil Premium Service’ www.fsm.lgfl.net is a web site where parents can quickly and easily check eligibility for free school meals and, if eligible, also gain welcome additional funding for their child’s school, known as ‘Pupil Premium’.  If eligible, you are not obliged to accept the free school meals for your child if you wish to make other arrangements, but we do want to encourage applications as the additional funding gained would still benefit education provision at the school.

 

What the service does for parents:

After entering essential details into the web site, the online application process links to the Department for Education system for checking eligibility and gives an immediate ‘yes’ or ‘no’ response, and will notify the school.    

 This system is being provided to encourage parents to apply and take advantage of free school meals while at the same time increasing the benefit to schools from Pupil Premium funding, a substantial amount of which does not reach schools because not all parents who are eligible apply for free meals for their child.

By way of a ‘thank you’ to parents for taking part, and regardless of individual outcomes, The London Grid for Learning (LGfL) would like to provide parents of children attending LGfL-connected schools with Sophos Anti-Virus software, free of charge, to protect the computers used by pupils at home.

To gain access to this software there is a short registration process which will also give you access, if required, to other LGfL services and benefits that are available to your child’s school. Please be assured there is no catch, no cost and no advertising.   LGfL (a UK education charity set up in 2001 and owned by London’s 33 local authorities) exists to support education and is leading this initiative to make it easier for parents to apply for free school meals and to encourage the drawdown of unclaimed Pupil Premium.

What the service does for schools:

As the government has now introduced free school meals for all children in Key Stage 1, it is more important than ever for schools to know the number of pupils for whom they can claim Pupil Premium funding. These funds enable schools to take on additional staff and invest in additional equipment, resources and activities to the benefit all children.

 

Please visit www.fsm.lgfl.net enter the necessary details and support this worthwhile initiative