Food and School Meals
St Botolph’s is a Health Promoting School and has received its third Healthy Schools Award. We therefore take part in the Schools Fruit and Vegetable Scheme which allows under 7’s a piece of fruit or vegetable each day.
Parents are able to purchase milk for their children each day (please see the Cool Milk page within this section) and all children have water bottles in school allowing them constant access to water through the day.
Children are able to have hot school meals each day. There is always choice of food and also a vegetarian option. Menus are published via ParentPay so that bookings can be made online at home. This gives parents the opportunity to choose in advance what their children are to eat each day. Our menu runs on a 4 week cycle, the current menu is available to view below.
Children may bring sandwiches if preferred, but we ask parents not to send fizzy drinks, glass containers, chocolate bars or sweets in a packed lunch. We would also ask you not to send products containing nuts, especially peanuts. We have several children who are allergic to nuts and who could have serious reactions if exposed to nut products.
School meals can be paid for weekly, termly or half termly in advance. Current prices are available on request from the school office. Parents can book and pay for meals using ParentPay, a secure online payment service. Cheques can also be sent in to school and should be made payable to St Botolph’s Primary School. Some children are eligible for free school meals and parents will be able to request an application form from the school office.
Free School Meals
Some children may be eligible for free school meals and also reduced prices for trips and activities.
Who is entitled to free school meals?
A pupil whose parent/guardian receives one or more of the following benefits is entitled to a free school meal:
- Income Support (IS)
- Income Based Job Seekers Allowance ((IB) JSA)
- Income Related Employment and Support Allowance ((IR) ESA)
- Child Tax Credit (CTC), provided you do not also receive Working Tax Credit and have an annual income, as assessed by HM Revenue and Customs, that does not exceed £16,190 (Updated April 2010)
- Guarantee Credit element of State Pension Credit
- Support under Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
Government Funded Meals
If your child is in Reception, Year 1 or Year 2 and has a school meal, you will not be asked for payment as these are now funded by the Government. However, if you are in receipt of any of the above benefits please do complete a form at the school office as this enables the school to claim additional funding.