School Lunches

School Lunches

We have our own kitchen - run by Stu Rostance of Weston All Saints Primary School (WASPS) - and meals are freshly cooked and prepared on site by Brenda Young, Catering Manageress and Christine Morse, Catering Assistant. Your child can stay for a hot meal, bring sandwiches or go home to lunch. Following a recent spot check by Environmental Health the kitchen has once again been given a 5-star rating for hygiene.

All children in Foundation Stage 2, Year 1 and Year 2 are able to have school lunches free of charge as part of the Government’s Universal Infant Free School Meals initiative.

Menus are available from outside the school office and lunches can be ordered on Parentmail or in advance at the office. A guide to ordering on Parentmail is below:

Ordering lunches on Parentmail flowchart

Parentmail ordering guide for parents

If you pay for lunches, meals cost £2.20 per day for children in Years 3 - 6, payable in advance and should be ordered on Parentmail by going to Payments, Shop, Lunches, searching for the relevant date(s), adding them to your basket and checking out.

If your child receives free school meals, or is in Foundation Stage, Year 1 or Year 2, lunches should be ordered on Parentmail by going to Forms, searching for the Non Paying Lunch Order Form(s) for the relevant week(s) and completing and submitting them.

The current menu is below:

Bitham Brook lunch menu November 2019 to March 2020

We have an exciting menu, featuring among other things Meat Free days, with tasty vegetarian meals, daily fresh fruit and salad carousels, organic yogurt and freshly baked bread, as well as children’s favourite - filled jacket potatoes. All meals are prepared on site, using fresh ingredients. Milk is offered to all children at lunchtime, including all children entitled to Free School Meals.

There will be a free Christmas Lunch to all pupils on Wednesday 11th December. The menu and details about how to order will be sent out nearer the time on Parentmail.

Free School Meals for Children in Foundation Stage, Year 1 and Year 2

All children in Foundation Stage 2, Year 1 and Year 2 are entitled to Free School Meals under the Government’s Universal Infant Free School Meals initiative. However, if your child would have been entitled to free school meals under the old system because you are receiving qualifying benefits (see below), the government will give your school a Pupil Premium of £1,320. But for the school and your child to benefit from this money we need to know that you are receiving a qualifying benefit. If you are, please let us know by completing the form below:

Infant Free School Meals and Pupil Premium Application Form

Parents of children in Years 3 to 6 should apply for free school meals on the form below if they are in receipt of one of the qualifying benefits listed, as again, the school can claim up to £1,900 Pupil Premium for their child:

Free School Meals Application Form Years 3 to 6

Qualifying benefits:

- Income Support

- Income-based Job Seekers Allowance (NOT contribution based JSA)

- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (NO contribution based ESA)

- Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

- National Asylum Seekers Support (NASS)

- The guarantee element of State Pension Credit

- Child Tax Credit (you must NOT be entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by HM Revenue & Customs) that does not exceed £16,190 (April 2012)

- Working Tax Credit ‘run-on’ - the payment you receive for a further four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit

-Universal Credit (with an annual net earned income of less than £7,400)

If you currently receive Working Tax Credit (other than the ‘run-on’) you are not eligible to claim.

Milk is available to under fives free through the Cool Milk Scheme and all new starters are registered by the school. You will need to set up an account at www.coolmilk.com. Once your child is five years old if you wish to pay for them to continue to receive milk.

Milk will be available free of charge to all children having school lunches.

Drinks in School

We actively encourage children to bring water bottles to school and they may have free access to them during the day.

Fizzy drinks are not permitted and fruit juices can only be consumed as part of a packed lunch.

Free Fruit and Vegetables in School

We offer every Key Stage One child a free piece of fruit under the Free Fruit/Vegetables for Schools Scheme and any spare fruit is made available to older children.