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School meals

Our school meals are provided by Caterlink at a cost of £1.85 a day. This may be subject to change due to market forces. Children in Explorers and Adventurers Class are now entitled to Free School Meals under a new Government initiative. Some children enjoy school meals every day; others just have them once or twice a week – when they particularly like what’s on the menu! An up-to-date menu is always available on the board outside the main entrance and here.

We ask that all school meals are paid for in advance each Monday morning. Children should bring their lunch money in a clearly marked envelope and place it in the tray outside the school office.

Free school meals

Children are entitled to free school meals in some circumstances. It is really important that you apply for Free School Meals even if your child is in Explorers and Adventurers Class if you think you are entitled. Please contact the headteacher or the IW Council, if you think you may qualify.

In April 2011, school funding changed and more emphasis was placed on the number of free school meals each school receives (this is called the ‘Pupil Premium’). It is therefore really important that all parents who think they may qualify for free school meals apply for them. There is no obligation for your child to have school meals if you do apply, but it may make a significant difference to our funding and the opportunities we can offer children in our school.

Packed lunches

Children who do not want school meals can bring a packed lunch. We ask parents and carers to make sure that they provide their children with a balanced lunchbox that includes fresh fruit and/or vegetables.

Toast and juice

Caterlink offer toast, crumpet or teacake (at a cost of £1.50 a week/30p per day) and apple or orange juice (at a cost of £1.50 a week/30p per day) for children to enjoy at morning play. If you order toast and juice for your child, the price per week is £2.50.

We ask that toast and juice are paid for in advance each Monday morning. Children should bring their toast and juice money in a clearly marked envelope and place it in the tray outside the school office.

Milk

Milk is provided by Cool Milk. Children under five are entitled to free milk and they will be given an application form for this when they come along to our induction days. Older children can also register for school milk – ask at the school office for an application form or go online at Cool Milk.

Other mid-morning snacks

Children in Explorers and Adventurers are given a variety of fruit and vegetables each break time as part of the Government’s School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme.

Older children may bring in a snack for morning play – for example prepared fruit or vegetables or a small box of raisins. We ask parents not to send in crisps, chocolate or fizzy drinks please.

Water and water bottles

We have a filtered water unit in the cloakroom, providing cold water in order to keep the children hydrated. We ask for a small voluntary donation annually towards the cost.

Children are asked to bring a water bottle in with them each day. A sports bottle can be purchased from the office at a cost of £1.10. In this way we can ensure children have continuous access to water during the school day, which is essential to their health and learning.