Parents may choose whether or not their children go home for lunch, bring a packed lunch or prefer a cooked meal.
The school has a kitchen on site which provides a range of nutritious, healthy food. The lunchtime menu runs on a three week cycle and is displayed in the front entrance of the school or can be found below. If your child has special dietary requirements, please inform the school.
Registering for School Meals - All Years
Registering for free school meals could raise money for our school to fund valuable support like resources, additional teaching staff, tuition and after-school activities. This additional funding is available from central government, therefore it is important to sign up for free school meals, even for children in Reception, Year 1 or Year 2 who are already eligible for free school meals, so that the school can receive as much funding as possible to support your child’s learning.
Payment for School Dinners
All pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are eligible for free school meals.
School meals for all other children must be paid for in advance. Dinners can be purchased in minimum of blocks of 5 for £12.00. This covers five school meals.
Payments for school dinners must be received in advance through our on-line payment facility here. We no longer accept cash payments. Please be aware that the school is not able to accomodate any arrears; therefore, a school meal will not be provided if it has not been paid for in advance.
Some families with children in Key Stage 2 are eligible for free school meals if they receive:
- Income Support
- Income-based Job Seekers Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- Guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit – provided you're not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190
- Universal Credit
If you think your child is entitled to free school meals, please apply on-line to Thurrock Council - click here.
If you prefer your child to bring a packed lunch to school, it should be clearly marked with your child's name and class (no carrier bags allowed). The box should be placed on your child's class lunch trolley at the beginning of the day. Drinks should be contained inside unbreakable flasks or plastic bottles as glass containers are not allowed. Drinking water is always available free of charge.
The children are asked to bring in a healthy packed lunch. Some healthy choices we suggest are:
- A good portion of starchy food, e.g. wholegrain roll, savoury roll, sandwich, tortilla wrap, pizza, chipatta, pitta bread, crackers, pasta or rice salad
- A portion of lean meat, fish or alternative, e.g. chicken, ham, beef, tuna, egg, beans or hummus
- Plenty of fruit and vegetables, e.g. an apple, Satsuma, handful of cherry tomatoes or carrot sticks, or a small tub of fruit salad or a small box of raisins
- A portion of dairy food, e.g. cheese strings/triangles, Babybels, yoghurt or fromage frais
- A drink, e.g. fruit juice, milk, yoghurt drink or bottle of water (no fizzy drinks)
A healthy lunch does not mean giving up all the foods that children enjoy. One treat in their packed lunch is acceptable, e.g. a small packet of crisps, a few biscuits, a small chocolate bar (Penguin, Club, Kit Kat etc.) or a small piece of cake. No sweets are allowed.
PLEASE NOTE: WE ARE A NUT-FREE SCHOOL and therefore children are unable to have CHOCOLATE SPREAD as many of these products contain nuts.
Reception children must be collected from the main office at 11:55 p.m. and returned to school by 12:40 p.m.
Key Stage 1 children must be collected from the main office at 11:55 p.m. and returned to school by 12:40 p.m.
Year 3 and 4 children must be collected from the main office at 12:45 p.m. and returned to school by 1:30 p.m.
Year 5 and 6 children must be collected from the main office at 12:45 p.m. and returned to school by 1:30 p.m.
All children returning to school after going home for lunch must sign in at the school office.