Most of the children stay at school during the lunchtime break and are supervised by Mid-day Supervisory Assistants, under the direction of the Principal.
Pupils can bring a packed lunch from home or order hot, nutritious meals provided by the Academy daily.
Children may go home during the lunchtime break for their lunch and should not return until 12.55pm. If you wish your child to have lunch at home, please notify the Academy in writing.
At break time pupils in the Academy are encouraged to bring a healthy snack of their choice.
Free School Meals
This process is Free School Meals for families meeting deprivation criteria.
It is NOT the same as the Universal Free School Meals that all children can have in Reception, Y1 and Y2. It CAN generate additional support for your child in school, over above the provision of meals.
Who can apply?
We recommend that you apply AS SOON AS POSSIBLE if;
- You have older children who already qualified some time ago, but you now have younger children who are in in Nursery, Reception, Y1 or Y2.
- Your work circumstances have changed recently or within the past year.
- You are in work but your earnings are low – you will not lose anything by applying anyway.
You can apply more than once. If your application is rejected now, you can try again in a week’s time or at any point at which your circumstances change.
Please do this even if you have not been successful in the past, as you may now be eligible.
How to Apply
To use the Parent Portal you will need
- a valid E-mail address
- to create a memorable password.
- your National Insurance Number, or your NASS number.
Please follow this link to start your application;
This is also the site you use for applications for Reception class and for Secondary School places when the times comes. Some of you may already have an account if you have recently applied for a school place.
You will need to create an account with each child’s details. Once the account is created, your child’s name appears with the ‘Apply For Free School Meals’ tab next to it. The instructions are easy to follow.
Packed lunches brought to the Academy by pupils
We encourage parents to provide their children with packed lunches that adhere to national standards, see below:
Packed lunches should include:
- At least one portion of fruit and one portion of vegetables every day.
- Meat, fish, eggs, or a non-dairy protein (e.g. lentils, kidney beans, chickpeas, houmous, peanut butter, falafel) every day.
- Oily fish, such as salmon, at least once every three weeks.
- A starchy food such as any type of bread (white or wholegrain rolls, pitta bread or wraps), pasta, rice, couscous, noodles,
- Potatoes or another cereal every day.
- A dairy food such as milk, cheese, yoghurt, fromage frais or custard every day.
- A drink of water, fruit juice or smoothie (maximum portion 150 mls), semi-skimmed, 1% fat or skimmed milk, yoghurt or another milk drink.
Packed lunches can occasionally include:
- Meat products such as sausage rolls, individual pies, corned meat and sausages.
- Cakes and biscuits, but encourage your child to eat these as part of a meal
Packed lunches should not include:
- Salty snacks such as crisps - instead include nuts, seeds, vegetables and fruit with no added salt, sugar or fat.
- Confectionery such as chocolate bars, chocolate-coated biscuits, cereal bars, processed fruit bars and sweets.
- Sugary soft drinks, such as squash and fizzy drinks (even if labelled as ‘sugar-free’, ‘no-added sugar’ or ‘reduced sugar’ as these drinks can contribute to tooth decay and provide little nutritional value).
This is achieved by promoting healthy packed lunch options using the principles of the Balance of Good Health. Please see here for some healthy ideas https://bit.ly/3K7HQr9
Food allergy and food intolerance
Individual care plans are created for pupils with food allergies. These document symptoms and adverse reactions, actions to be taken in an emergency, and emergency contact details. The Academy caterers are made aware of any food allergies or food intolerance and requests for special diets are submitted through an agreed process.
Food prepared by the Academy Catering Team meets the national standards for school lunches (www.schoolfoodtrust.org.uk) and our SNAG (School Nutrition Action Group) is involved in suggesting changes in the menu.
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