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School Lunches

Our school day includes lunchtime provision. You can chose to provide your child with a packed lunch or we can supply them with a hot meal. Payment for their meal will be required, unless you are entitled to free school meals. Meals cost £2.30 per day and we encourage parents to pay for these through our on-line payment system (details below)

Your child may be eligible for free school meals if you receive any of the following benefits:- Income support, Income-based jobseekers’ allowance, Income-related employment and support allowance, Child tax credit, provided that you are not also entitled to working tax credit and have an annual gross income of £16,190 or less, if you are supported under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999, guarantee element of State Pension Credit, Working Tax Credit during the four-week period immediately after your employment finishes or after you start working fewer hours per week or Universal Credit with an annual net earned income of no more than £7400 (from 1st April 2018).

To apply go to www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/freeschoolmeals

Our caterers

Our current catering company is Hertfordshire Catering Ltd.

HCL is an award-winning specialist caterer with a foundation in the education sector. They provide quality services to academies, colleges and schools. They are passionate about providing fresh, local and seasonal food to schools; improving the school meals service and making lunchtime an integral part of the whole school experience.

They endeavour to provide dishes that are not only popular with students but will also comply with healthy eating standards and guidelines. Your child will have brought a leaflet home with them containing important information. 

You as parents  chose the meals  for your children in advance via a website, https://app.schoolgrid.co.uk , You are able to order meals up to a term in advance, and this information is then automatically sent straight to our kitchen. Meals must be ordered by 7.30am in order for our kitchen to be abe to cook the correct volume of food. Payment for school meals is also paid via this website, and can be made by ether card payments or direct debit direct to HCL.

If your child has food allergies or intolerances you MUST supply this information via:  specialmenu.hcl.co.uk

It is parents'/carers' responsibility to inform the caterers, but it must also be on medical evidence from  a doctor or hospital.  

Please see their current menu in the side panel of this page.

Payment options

All lunch payments are paid direct throgh the https://app.schoolgrid.co.uk website. We no longer take dinner payments at school.

However, we would like to politely remind parents and carers that no debt should be larger than £11.50, which is equivalent to one week of dinners. In the case that the debt continues to grow, we will ask for a packed lunch to be provided until the debt has been cleared. Any money that is owed from a previous term must be paid on the first day back. Please see our school lunch debt policy in the panel on the side of this page. If this debt is not cleared, the ordering facility on Schools Grid may be disabled for your child, until the debt is cleared.

Packed Lunch

If you decide to provide a packed lunch, please read our packed lunch guidance and checklist, which is also available to download in the side panel. You can also find suggestions for healthy packed lunches here. Research shows that eating a healthy school lunch can positively affect children’s behaviour in the classroom.

As you will be aware there is increasing concern about rising rates of obesity and health-related problems in children. As a school, it is part of our responsibility to help children learn how to eat healthily and, as such, we encourage you to follow to the guidelines provided to help you make informed choices for your child’s packed lunch. Water is always provided at the dining tables, so providing an additional healthy drink is optional. 

All children eat in the school’s dining room and we believe it is an important social learning experience and one they will enjoy!

 

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