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School Dinners

School Dinners are charged at £2 per day. Children in Reception, Years 1 and 2 are all entitled to a free daily school meal as part of the government's Universal Infant Free School Meals.

We are currently operating a rota system for hot and cold meal options. If you wish to pre-order your child's meals, please register at the Feeding Hungry Minds website.
Reception – children to order a cold option ‘Picnic Bag’ school packed lunch or bring a packed lunch from home to eat in the classroom.
Years 1,2,3,4 – children alternate weekly between the hot option ‘Main Meal / Halal Main Meal / Veggie Meal’ and cold option ‘Picnic Bag’ - click here for details
Years 5 & 6 – children will have a hot option ‘Main Meal / Halal Main Meal / Veggie Meal’ every week (they are not able to order the ‘Picnic Bag’).
From Monday 21st September, the children having the cold option 'picnic bag' will be able to choose between a cheese or tuna filling each day.
All children can bring in a packed lunch from home if they prefer.

Lunch Menu from 02.11.20

Autumn 2020 - Back to School Parent Guide

School Dinner Payments

Years 3,4,5&6 - all payments for dinner money (£2 per day) must be paid online. Register on the Feeding Hungry Minds website if you have not done so already by clicking on the icon below.

Click to register

Please make sure that your account is in credit or your child will not receive a school dinner. If you think you may be eligible for benefit related Free School Meals, please see the section below to find out how to apply  or contact Mrs Dawson in the school office for support.

We no longer take payments for school dinners via the school office. 

Healthy Packed Lunches

If children bring a packed lunch it must be contained in a lunch box clearly named. Boxes will be placed on the class trolley. Please ensure that no glass or any other breakable container is used in the interests of safety. If you are sending a drink (not fizzy please) please provide a straw or cup but do not send cans or large bottles, as these are dangerous. Water is always available.

Plastic bottles may be recycled or reused. As little packaging as possible is recommended for the packed lunches and this will be returned in lunch boxes.

Sweets are not permitted in school and healthy lunches including fruit are encouraged.

Please remember that we are a NUT FREE school. If a child has a packed lunch item containing nuts, they will be asked to eat it in an area away from the other children or keep it to eat at home.

The NHS change4life website has lots of ideas for healthier lunch boxes and some great recipes. Get loads of easy-to-prepare ideas your children will love, as well as tips on what else to put in their lunchbox.

Change for Life website

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Free School Meals

All children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are entitled to a hot free school meal. However, if your child is in Reception, Year 1 or Year 2 and you receive one of the listed qualifying benefits, you should make an application for free school meals as the school your child attends will receive extra funding. 

If your child is in Year 3 or above, and you receive one of the listed qualifying benefits, you should make an application for free school meals. 

You will need to apply for Free School Meals via your local authority.
Redbridge Free School Meals Application

Qualifying benefits for free school meals  

  • 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 guarantee 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 is a disqualifying benefit regardless of your household income - this means that you would not be entitled to Free School Meals whilst in receipt of Working Tax Credit
  • Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit (provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400, as assessed by earnings from up to three of your most recent assessment periods)