Telford & Wrekin Catering Service prepare the school meals and cook them on site. There is a single choice hot menu with a vegetarian option available. There is also the option to order a sandwich/wrap with a choice of fillings. The school promotes healthy eating and the children are offered a balanced healthy meal.
As of April 2017 the price of a school meal is £2.10 per day.
Universal Infant Free School Meals
All children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 get a healthy nutritious lunch at no cost to you.
Universal Infant Free School Meals (UIFSM) is a government initiative aimed at improving academic attainment for infant children and to help families save money.
Since September 2014, all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 in state-funded schools in England have been eligible for a filling nutritious cooked school lunch at no cost to the parent.
No proof of eligibility is required, it just needs a child to be in one of the relevant three years and their school will arrange for them to have lunch at no cost to the parent.
Each child gets a healthy nutritious cooked lunch which includes a main course and pudding, water is always available in the school dining room.
The kitchen prepare a three week rolling menu that always reflects the seasons with different vegetables and fruit on offer. They are also able to cater for those pupils on special diets because of medical, cultural or religious reasons. View the school's lunch menu here.
Good food provision in schools has been shown to lead not only to healthier children, but to improved attainment. The plan was brought in to help create a generation of children who enjoy food that makes them healthier, more successful and most importantly happier.
For more information view our UIFSM information flyer.
What are the benefits of this scheme?
Better health – A cooked school lunch gives them the essential vitamins and minerals they need to help them grow, develop, fight infection and have the energy to lead a happy and healthy life.
Better achievement and behaviour – There’s a link between what children eat at lunchtime in school, where they eat it and how they focus with their teachers in the afternoon. It teaches them to sit down together, which develops their social skills and encourages them to try new foods.
For more information about the benefits of a healthy school lunch visit the children's food trust website.
Saves you money – As a parent/guardian this scheme can save you an average of £370 per year on lunchtime meals as well as the time it took to prepare packed lunches. Another benefit is that after school your child won’t need a cooked meal because you know they have already had a nutritious one at school.
Lunchtime at school for the Children
The children in the FU and KS1 eat in the school hall at the Bushell site. Children in KS2 eat in the dining hall at the Farah site. A carefully supervised cafeteria system is in operation and our youngest children are given help with this. If your children have any particular dietary needs please let the school know.
Children who bring packed lunches also eat in the hall and dining room and also have the benefit of school supervision. We do ask that lunch boxes are clearly marked with your child’s name and that drinks are in an unbreakable container and appropriate hygiene precautions taken e.g. ice pack. Cups and spoons if needed should also be in the lunch box as we do not have spares. We ask parents to support our healthy eating programme by providing their children with healthy items in their lunchboxes. Children are not allowed sweets or fizzy drinks in their lunch boxes.
Payment of School Dinners
All school meal income for KS2 (Years 3 to 6) is the responsibility of Local Authorities Catering Services. A cashless system is operated by the catering staff. Dinner money envelopes (available from the school offices) should be handed into the school offices. Please make sure you label the envelope correctly with your childs name, class, amount enclosed and the date. The money is then recorded on your child's meal account by the catering team.
You can also pay for your child's school meals using the T&WC online payments system or their Automated Telephone Payments (ATP) hotline.
To pay online or by the ATP you will need your child's 'Pupil Reference Number' and credit/debit card details to hand.
Pupil Reference Number You can obtain this by contacting the school office. If your child's pupil reference number is all numeric (for example 12345678) you can pay online or by ATP, however if it contains non-alphanumeric characters (for example 1234-5678 or 1234.5678) you can only pay online.
The T&WC online payment facility allows you to pay for your child's school meals directly and securely to the Council, and also to check your child's account balance online.
Make a payment now. Click here to be taken to the payments site.
If you have any queries regarding school meals please contact Mrs Evans in the kitchen on 01952 386959.
If your child’s account is overdrawn then school office will contact you to discuss alternative lunch arrangements for your child until the account is clear.
Children may go home for lunch, and should return to school just before 1.00pm. This is in accordance with our Fire Safety policy.