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School Meals

A healthy, hot cooked meal is available daily. Our school meals are provided by Aspens catering and you can view the weekly menus here: 

Menus change twice a year, so there is an Autumn/Winter menu, which starts in September and a Spring/Summer menu which starts after February half-term. Meals are served on a three-week rotation.

 

All children in Early Years, Year 1 and Year 2 are entitled to a Government ‘Universal Infant Free School Meal’. For all children in Key Stage 2 (Years 3-6) the current charge is £2.50 per day (£12.50 per week).

As an alternative to a cooked meal, children may bring a packed lunch. Please send this in a clearly labelled lunch box or container. For health reasons, all nuts (including Nutella, peanut butter), cans of fizzy drink, glass bottles or ring-pull tins cannot be allowed in school, nor are sweets (confectionery).

Dinner payments made online

Payment may be made online via the Arbor Parent Portal or App. Lunches should be paid for in advance, not in arrears. Ideally, payment should be made on a Monday for any lunches to be taken during that week. Any debt must be cleared by the end of each week.

Free School Meals

Free school meals allow your child to have a meal at school without charge. It also generates a sum of money called Pupil Premium funding, which the school uses to benefit your child’s education. To qualify for free school meals for your child, you must be receiving one of the following:

  • Income Support

  • income-based Job Seeker’s Allowance

  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance

  • Guarantee element of State Pension Credit

  • Child Tax Credit but no element of Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by HM Revenues & Customs) that does not exceed £16,190

  • Working Tax Credit during the four-week period immediately after your employment finishes or after you start to work fewer hours per week

  • Universal Credit (provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400 (£616.67 per month), as assessed by earnings from up to three of your most recent assessment periods).

 

The application process is simple and can be made at any time.

To check if your child is eligible, apply online for an immediate response. Please visit the Suffolk County Council’s web page – Apply for free school meals or call 0345 606 6067 if you have any questions or email at freeschoolmeals@suffolk.gov

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