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Gonerby Hill Foot

Church of England Primary School

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School Lunches

We have a fantastic school kitchen and provide delicious meals at lunchtime. We are always listening to our pupils and it is great to hear how much they enjoy their meals. We take their views very seriously and review the menu where necessary.

 

In addition to the ordered meals, we have a salad bar where the school lunch children can help themselves to the variety of fresh fruit and vegetables as well as fresh bread.  Our menu is based on a four week cycle and which runs for each school term.  We can provide adjustments for special diets provided that you complete the special Diets form and contact the School Office.

Special Diet form

Not only are our hot school lunches healthy and nutritious, they are also excellent value for money. All meals for infant pupils (in Reception, Year and Year2) are free. For pupils in Key Stage 2 (Years 3-6), meals cost £2.30 per day

 

All meals, both free and paid meals, must be pre-ordered using our simple online system on ParentMail.  Orders must be placed by a Friday for the week commencing a week on Monday.

A user guide is available below or from the school office if you have never placed an order with us before.  If you have any problems with registering or ordering, please contact us as we are happy to help you. 

Payments for Key Stage 2 are made online when the order is placed. You can pay by debit and credit card.

Free School Meals 

If you receive one or more of the following benefits you may be able to claim a meal for your children:

  • 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)
  • Income Support
  • Income-based Job Seeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Guarantee Element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit with an annual household income of less than £16,190 and do not get Working Tax Credit
  • Working Tax Credit  run-on - paid for four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit

The best and quickest way to apply for Free School Meals is to do it online by following this link.

School offices will be closed during the summer holiday period. If families are facing hardship, they can access the Local Authority Emergency Assistance Grant. Further government support is available for families struggling as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19). If families need urgent help, they can contact their local council to find out what services are available in their area. 

Did you know that the school receives a Pupil Premium payment for the year in which families are eligible for free school meals and automatically for the following five years? For 2020/21 it is £1,345  per free school meal pupil. This additional funding will be invested in your child to help them achieve more at school. You will also get additional support towards the cost of residential trips and visits. Your child will also receive free school milk.

Also, did you know that the school receives a Premium of £310 for children of Armed Service Personnel? Please let us know if your child can attract extra funding for the school.

Pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 all receive infant free school meals but it is still important that parents apply for Free School Meals if they are eligible so that their child receives the additional academic benefits provided by the Pupil Premium.

Healthy Eating 

Research shows that pupils are more likely to concentrate in lessons if they have eaten a nutritionally balanced meal at lunchtime. By choosing school lunches, you will not only be saving yourself the time and hassle of preparing a packed lunch every day, you can also be sure that your child is getting the range and amount of food that will help contribute to their health and well-being.

Packed lunches 

We have gained Healthy School status which means that our eating and exercise policies encourage children to grow healthily.  All school meals are provided in accordance with the School Food Standards but children may bring in a packed lunch. We do not have refrigerated facilities therefore we recommend that is brought in a cool-bag depending on the nature of food. Please note that, as a Healthy School, pupils are not allowed sweets and confectionery (such as chocolate bars) or fizzy pop in their packed lunch. Due to potential allergies, nuts are also not allowed.

Milk 

Milk is available to all pupils and free for pupils entitled to Free School Meals. Paid milk orders are made by registering with www.coolmilk.com  or by contacting Cool Milk directly on 0844 854 2913. The cost is subsidised and works out about £15 per term.