School Meals and Packed Lunch Information

All children attending our school are able to access a hot meal every day which is prepared and cooked in school by Oldham Council’s School Catering Service.

The kitchen staff run a three week menu cycle, which offers a broad and balanced diet . The Catering Service has been awarded the Gold Standard award by Food for Life and over 90% of the food on the menu is homemade, with regionally sourced products. 

You can find the current menus here:

Each day, children will be asked at registration what they would like to order from the choices that day. If you need to check which week we are on, you can ask at the office or see the notice in the foyer at school which tells you which menu we are using this week. 

The cost of a school meal at present is £2.40 per day (£12.00 per week). Meals must be paid for in advance on ParentPay. If you are having difficulty accessing ParentPay, please contact the school office who will be happy to assist. If debts for school meals are accrued, we will ask you to provide your child with a packed lunch. 

Children must choose whether to have school meals or packed lunches. They cannot change from day to day or week to week. Changes to meal options can only be made at the start of a half term. If you wish to change your child’s meal option, please advise the school office. 

Free School Meals

There are currently two schemes in place to provide free school meals to particular groups of children.

The Universal Infant Free School Meal (UIFSM) scheme ensures that all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are able to access a school meal at no cost to parents/carers, regardless of your household income. You do not need to apply to receive a meal under this scheme. 

Means Tested Free School Meals are available to children from families on a low-income. Your child may be able to get free school meals if you get any of the following benefits:

  • 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 guaranteed 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 run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal 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)

If you think that you may qualify for means tested Free School Meals, then you should apply to Oldham Council to check. You can apply online here.

We actively encourage families to check if they are eligible for means tested free school meals, including those in Early Ears and Key Stage 1. If you apply and are successful, then you are also eligible to access free school uniform through a scheme we operate in school. We will check online to make sure your child is registered and if they are, you can claim for free one sweatshirt, one blue polo-shirt, a red PE hoody and a red PE t-shirt from the school office at any point in the academic year. 

Packed Lunches

If you do not wish to access a hot school meal, then you should provide a packed lunch for your child when they come to school in the morning. 

To read our packed lunch policy please click here.

 

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