School Meals by Caterlink
We are pleased to announce that from the 1st April 2022, Caterlink has been awarded as our school meals provider! We have followed a formal tender process to ensure we are getting the best value and quality for our children. Caterlink are specialist caterers in the education sector with a wealth of experience and expertise.
Why choose a school meal for your child?
Caterlink use the highest quality products and use highly trained teams to prepare and cook fresh dishes daily. Food is prepared on the premises and we offer a home cooked meal, including a vegetarian option each day. The menu is designed to encourage a balanced diet and children are encouraged to make healthy choices and try new things.
Meals are eaten in the downstairs hall of the main school building for children in Year 2 to Year 6 and the EY hall for children in Reception to Year 1. Nursery children who access additional hours in the KEEP are given access to the same main meal as children in the main school and are given their lunch in the KEEP or Out of School Club areas.
Dinner Money Payments
Reception to Year 2:
All children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are entitled to Universal Free School Meals which means that all children in these year groups receive free school lunches daily.
Nursery / KEEP and Year 3 to Year 6:
Any lunches taken in the KEEP and Years 3 to 6 will be fully chargeable, except where a parent has successfully applied for Free School Meals (see below). The school meal price is £2.30 per day (£11.50 per week).
All meals must be paid for in advance using Caterlink's Online Payment System. When your child is entering Nursery or Year 3, you will be given a unique Student ID code which allows you to register for this system. For full terms of payment, see our Charging and Remissions Policy.
Allergens and Intollerances
If your child has a food allergy or intollerance, you must inform Caterlink. It is the responsibility of the parent to inform Caterlink of any such dietary requirements, even if the school has already been informed. To share details of your child's allergen/intollerance, please complete the online form at this link.
On completion of the form, Caterlink will contact you with any menu adaptation needed for your child. Medical evidence may be sought by Caterlink for this purpose. School is not responsible for any aspect of creating or implementing diets for children with allergens / intollerances. This is the sole responsbility of Caterlink.
Children can bring their own packed lunch as an alternative to school meals. Packed lunches are eaten in the halls alongside children having school dinners, or outside in the yard during warm weather. Food should be brought into school in names plastic lunch boxes. For safety reasons, we do not permit glass containers or hot liquids in flasks. Packed lunches cannot contain nuts or nut containing products (e.g. peanut butter, Nutella, breakfast bars etc) as several children in school have severe nut allergies. As part of our Healthy Eating Campaign, we ask parents not to include sweets in packed lunches and instead we encourage children to bring a lunch that supports a healthy, balanced diet.
Free School Meals
Why should I Apply?
If you are eligible, your child will receive nutritious and healthy schools meals free of charge. Your child will also be entitled to free school milk each day. What’s more, school will be able to claim additional funding from the government for each child in receipt of free schools meals.
Even if you are entitled to Universal Free School Meals (children in Reception to Year 2) and you think you may be entitled to free school meals by meeting one of the criteria below, please apply as this will allow school to claim additional funding.
Funding received is used by school to offer pupils invaluable support and to fund resources and activities. For more information on how funding is used, please click here.
Am I Eligible?
You are eligible for free school meals if you receive any of the following benefits:
- Income support
- Income-based Job Seekers Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Universal Credit with an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400
- Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- Pension Credit Guarantee
- Child Tax Credit without Working Tax Credit and an annual taxable income below £16,190 (as assessed by HM Revenue and Customs)
- Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit and an annual taxable income below £16,190.
How do I Apply?
If you think you meet any of the criteria, you can apply by completing this online form.
You can also make an application quickly and easily over the telephone by calling (0191) 643 2288.
Thank you for your support and for helping to make sure the school receives as much funding as possible to give every pupil the support and education they deserve.