All children in Reception, Year One and Year Two are entitled to universal infant free school meals. However, children in Key Stage Two (Year Three upwards) can still benefit from school lunches, although these will be paid for privately by parents/carers, unless their child is in receipt of Free School Meals.
Children are able to select what they would like for lunch each day when the register is taken; doing so enables the kitchen to produce sufficient numbers of meals and reduces wastage. It would really help us if you may discuss with your child ahead of the school day which of the menu choices they might like to try. For some of our younger children, making the decision on your own in class can be a lengthy process, so it would help us speed up the ordering of the meals!
Herts Catering Limited (HCL) have introduced a new allergy website for new applicants. All applications for these menus need to be submitted through this to ensure that they have all the relevant information and to make sure that all parties are aware of the allergy/intolerance (such as the school office/cook etc).
Due to the growing number of children with allergies and intolerances HCL are only able to provide special diet menus where evidence can be provided from a medical professional, such as a GP, hospital consultant or registered dietitian. Their nutritionist will then be able to review the information and, where appropriate, create a suitable menu.
The application form can be accessed using this link here and usually takes about ten minutes to complete. Once submitted you will then receive confirmation that it has been received and you will know if a suitable menu can be provided within a maximum of 4 term time weeks, but usually much sooner.
For those children bringing in their own packed lunches, children will need to bring these into class each day and then we will store them on our lunchbox trolleys. As a reminder of what lunches can/cannot contain, please see the Parent Handbook 2017/2018 which has been given to you as part of your induction pack. We do not allow any nut-based products in school and ask that you do not send your child in with any of these products in their lunch.
Children will also be given a piece of fruit at morning break as part of the free fruit and vegetable scheme for schools. You do not need to send your child with any additional snacks.