Lunchtimes at school are an opportunity for all children throughout the school to join together to eat their lunch and to play in the playground. We operate two sittings where children sit at tables in the hall with a mixture of children from their own year group and across the school. This allows children to make new friendships with children from other year groups; we also find that older children enjoy helping their younger school friends.
Children may stay for a hot meal or bring their own packed lunch in a named container.
We encourage the children to eat a balanced diet which we regularly promote through our curriculum and visitors into school. Please do not send sweets, drinks in glass bottles, cans or fizzy drinks. All utensils for packed lunches, for example spoons, should be brought to school in lunchboxes. Nut products should not be sent into school as we have a number of children with a severe intolerance to nuts.
Children may go home for their lunch. KS1 children should be collected from the main reception at 12.00 and KS2 children at 12.05am. All children should be brought back to school at 1.00 in time for afternoon lessons.
Dolce School Dinners
Our school meals are cooked in our own kitchens by Dolce Schools Catering.
There is a wide choice of food available for the children to choose from, including vegetarian meals, jacket potato, packed lunch or main hot meal.
Children in Reception Year and KS1 are eligible for a free hot meal under the Universal Infant Free School Meal (UIFSM) scheme. Meals should be booked direct with Dolce. If you require any further information regarding UIFSM or Free School Meals please contact the school office or click on the link below.
The cost of a school dinner will be £2.30 per day (£11.50 per week).
If you would like your child to have school meals, you will need a SchoolGrid account. Please provide the school office with your email address to activate an account. You will then receive an email from SchoolGrid, our software providers, with all of your necessary login details. By accessing SchoolGrid online you will be able to pre order meals, view recipes, allergens, ingredients and make payments.
If you are having difficulties ticking the allergen information you need, please contact Customer Care and we will happily make arrangements to accommodate your child’s individual needs.
Direct Debit - This will be collected from your account on or around the 1st or the 15th of each month and will work in arrears for the meals you have taken the month before. To set this up please access your SchoolGrid account - [account] - [direct debit]
You will receive a statement two weeks before a payment is due stating the amount and the date the payment will be taken. We can not set up Direct Debits over the phone.
If you prefer not to pay by Direct debit we ask that all accounts are kept in credit. You can top your account up by:
Online Card Payment - A card payment can be made online through your SchoolGrid account, please log on and select [Account] - [Pay by card] where on screen prompts will assist in taking payment.
Telephone Card Payment - Our Customer Care team are available 8.00 am to 5.00 pm Monday to Friday to take a card payment for your account on 01942 707709. The minimum payment amount we can accept over the phone is £10.
If your child is in Reception / KS1 then you are entitled to Universal Free School meals. This will automatically be set up on your account as free, all the other features can be used as normal.
If your child is in KS2, you may still be entitled to Free School Meals so please contact your local authority to find out if you are eligible. Once a decision has been made, the local authority will inform the school and update your account to Free school meals.