We offer a hot meals service every day. Children have a choice of a meat/fish main course or a vegetarian main course. Alternatively a jacket potato or salad option is available each day. They also receive a pudding, fruit or yogurt and fresh water or fruit flavoured squash to drink. The menus are available online through the ‘Dorset Meal Selector’ link below. Orders and payments are made at least a week in advance of the Monday morning (orders must be made by 12pm on the Sunday evening of the week before). A calm ‘cafeteria’ style atmosphere is encouraged in the hall which becomes a dining room. The children come in at staggered intervals and may sit where they wish, even with friends who bring packed lunch. Whilst we try to persuade children to eat their meal no one is forced to eat everything. There is no time limit within which children must eat their meal. Children who are taking a hot lunch collect an appropriate coloured band from either their class teacher, for key stage one children, or from the band monitors for key stage two children. They then go to the counter to collect their lunch.
Pupils who do not order a hot meal will need to bring a healthy packed lunch. Sweets, nuts (including chocolate spreads) and fizzy drinks are not allowed in school.
The children are well supervised at lunchtime.
If a parent wishes for a child to go home for lunch, we will expect to be notified in advance by letter. This is to ensure the safety of the child. Otherwise no child will be allowed to leave the premises.
Since September 2014 all pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 in state-funded schools in England
have been eligible for Free School Meals (FSMs)
It is easy and convenient to order online using Wisepay
From September 2020 the cost per meal will be £2.45
Meals are provided by Chartwells and conform to government food and nutritional standards.
If your child has a special dietary requirement please let us know, Chartwells may be able to accommodate their needs.
Is your child entitled to Free School Meals?
To qualify for Free School Meals, you must be in receipt of one of the following benefits:
- Income Support
- Income-Based Job Seeker’s Allowance
- An income-related employment and support allowance
- Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- Child Tax Credit, where your annual income (as assessed by HM Revenue and Customs) does not exceed £16,190
- Working Tax Credit ‘run-on’ – the payment someone may receive for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit. If you are entitled to Working Tax Credit you are NOT eligible for Free School Meals
- The Guarantee Element of State Pension Credit
If your child already receives Free School Meals you do not have to take any further action other than completing the order form and handing it in to the school.
If you think your child may be entitled to Free School Meals but is not currently receiving them, please apply online by clicking here or by telephoning BCP on 01202 456223.
We are happy to help you with any queries, please telephone the school office.