Gluten Free alternatives are available for every meal.  (Please ask your child to say during registration.)  If your child has specific dietary requirements or specific allergies, please let their class teacher or a member of staff in the office know.  We can assist with menus which are appropriate for your child.

Lunch Choices
We would like to ask for your help.
We would like to further improve pupils' lunchtime experience by making it as streamlined as
possible. We currently have a few children who order lunch in the morning and then change their
minds when they get to the kitchen at lunchtime. This can cause problems as Mr Lymer, our Kitchen
Manager cooks to order from the lunches ordered in the morning. Whilst we try to accommodate
these changes it can lead to upset and difficulties making sure everyone gets their chosen meal. We
know mornings can be hectic, but we would really grateful if you could discuss the day's dinner menu
with your child before they come to school in the morning.
Thank you for your help and support.

We are a Nut-free school
If children are bringing snacks and packed lunches into school, please ensure they are healthy.
We kindly request you do not send your child to school with nuts as although for many they are a
healthy snack, we have several children with severe allergies to them which could lead to anaphylaxis.


School Meals

School Dinners are available everyday and new menus are sent out throughout the year.  There are three options every day, a main meal, a vegetarian option or a jacket potato with various toppings.  Packed lunches are also available.
Morning Snacks
Key Stage 1 children have free fruit for their morning snack.  
Key Stage 2 children can bring in a fruit or vegetable snack and are able to purchase toast at a cost of 25p per slice from the kitchen at break time.  (This is separate to the school dinner money and should be brought in by the child (either daily or £1.25 for the whole week.)
Payment for school dinners 

These can be made termly or weekly via Parent Pay.  A login will be sent to you.  (If you have any difficulties please contact the school office).  We ask that your school meal account is kept in credit; we are unable to allow a child to have more than 5 school meals that haven’t been paid for in advance. 
Packed Lunches

Children who bring their own packed lunches also eat in the school hall. We encourage children to eat healthily at all times. Please don’t include glass bottles or fizzy drinks.  Please help us to encourage healthy eating by what you give your child in their lunch box.  (Please don’t include crisps, sweets, buns, cakes or chocolates.)
Water bottles

We ask that children bring a small named water bottle to school.  This will be easily accessible throughout the day, for drinking water.  Squash and juice can be brought into school and kept in your child’s bag for break and lunchtimes only.
Free School Meals

All children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 at state schools in England automatically get free school meals. However, parents and guardians are encouraged to apply for free school meals when they enrol their child in school, as this can help their child’s school to attract additional ‘pupil premium‘ funding to support learning.  We would remind all parents on Income Support or Job Seekers Allowance that they should still register for free school meals even if their child only occasionally has a school meal.
How do I qualify? 
From Year 3 onwards, children whose parents are getting any of the following are entitled to free school meals:
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 (IS).        
 Income-based Jobseekers Allowance (IBSJA).
Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (IRESA).
The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit.
Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.
Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, that does not exceed £16,190).
Working Tax Credit run-on  (the payment you get for a further 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit).
Children who receive a qualifying benefit in their own right can also get free school meals.
 How do I apply? 
Free School Meals are administered by Devon County Council (DCC) for all Devon maintained schools and you should apply to Devon if your child(ren) are attending a Devon school.

You can apply by clicking the button on the right.  Alternatively, call the Education Helpline on 0345 155 1019.  


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