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School lunches are free for all children in Reception, Year One and Year Two. Children in Years Three, Four, Five and Six are able to purchase meals. On two fixed days a year, we complete a census of how many children had a lunch that day and these numbers are used to calculate the funding that schools receive.
Lunchtime is between 12.00 noon and 1.00 p.m. and includes a playtime. Lunches are eaten in the school halls. Children may bring a packed lunch or have a school dinner and they may vary their lunchtime arrangements.
How children order their lunch
Children can order their lunch using their classroom interactive whiteboards during their morning registration. You are also able to pre-order lunches from home. This is something we recommend that parents do for the younger children in our school. Once a meal has been selected and confirmed at home, it cannot be changed in school.
What happens at lunchtime?
At lunchtime the children go into lunch in their classes over the course of the hour. They are called in from the playground by lunchtime staff when there is appropriate space for them to go into each hall. Early Years children always go straight into lunch.
In the lunch hall, a member of the lunchtime staff selects each child's name on the computer. This shows the kitchen staff what mean they have ordered and then this meal is plated up for them. The child collects their meal, chooses whether they would like any bread or salad and picks their deserts. Once they have done this they carry their meal to their seat. Water is served to the children once they are sat at their table.
Children having packed lunch or a ordered meal sit together.
After they have eaten their lunch, children ask to leave the hall and clear their own trays and go out to play. Our staff can check that all children who booked a meal have come into the hall and check as far as they can that children have eaten a reasonable amount of food.
How to pre-order lunch for your child
Parents can pre-order meals for their child on-line. You will need to register to use the system and it can take a few days for you registration to be processed by Schoolgrid. You can choose the meal you would like your child to have on any given day. If you decide to pre-order on behalf of your child/children, they will be unable to change your choice of meal. You will also be able to see what your child has ordered when you login to your account.
Meals can be ordered either weekly or daily if preferred. However, you will be unable to pre-order on the morning after 8.55 a.m. of the day your child wishes to have a meal.
Please send packed lunches in named lunch bags or boxes.
No sweets, chocolate bars, lollipops or fizzy drinks.
Drinking water is always available.
Practise opening and closing lunch bags/boxes at home. Some fasteners are difficult for small hands.
We have several children with severe nut allergies and therefore we are a nut free school. This includes Peanut Butter.
Healthy packed lunch guidance from Active Cubs please click here