We all know that a balanced and nutritious diet is essential to the health of a growing child and that finding the right balance in a packed lunch can be difficult, time consuming and expensive. Our school dinners are prepared on the premises; the current menu can be found below. The catering staff supports you in looking after your child by following nutritional guidelines to design a healthy and tempting menu. The list of allergens in each meal can be found here. The varied lunch menus are based on:
The aim is to satisfy every appetite, providing a traditional two-course meal each day with a drink. Special diets and vegetarian options can be arranged on written request. We take your children's dietary needs very seriously and ask that you let the School Office know if your child suffers with a food related allergy, or has any other medical or cultural dietary needs. If required, we will arrange to meet with you and the Kitchen Manager to arrange a suitable diet plan.
Meals are £2.35 per day and should be paid for in advance - weekly, half-termly or termly - online at www.schoolgateway.com. When you visit the School Gateway website for the first time, please select 'New User' and enter your email address and mobile telephone number you have registered with the school. The system will send a PIN code to your mobile: please enter this PIN code and your account will be activated for you. As soon as you have got the system set-up, you will be able to pay money to the school online rather than send cash or cheques. Please note that the minimum payment online is £11.75 (a week of school dinners). Any money not used by the end of each week is carried forward to the next week.
If you still prefer to use cash or cheque, then please send the money with your child, (preferably by cheque payable to Devon County Council with your cheque card number on the back), in a sealed envelope marked with your child’s name, class and the words "Dinner Money”. This will be collected from your child first thing on Monday morning. There is no need for you to call at the School Office to pay.
All children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 automatically get free school meals. However, parents and guardians are encouraged to apply for free school meals when they enrol their child in school, as this can help their child’s school to attract additional ‘pupil premium‘ funding to support learning (please see pupil premium letter below).
From Year 3 onwards, children whose parents are getting any of the following are entitled to free school meals:
Children who receive a qualifying benefit in their own right can also get free school meals.
If you think you are eligible you should apply for free school meals even if your child has a packed lunch every day. Apply through the Citizen Portal. This is the quickest and easiest way to apply and will result in you getting an instant decision. Alternatively, call the Education Helpline on 0345 155 1019.
Please note that from 1 April 2018, all children currently getting free school meals will continue to do so while Universal Credit is rolled out. This will apply even if their parents’ earnings rise above the new threshold during that time. In addition, any child who becomes eligible for free school meals after 1 April 2018 will be protected against losing these during the Universal Credit rollout period.
Once Universal Credit is fully rolled out, any existing claimants that no longer meet the eligibility criteria at that point (because their earnings are above the threshold or are no longer a recipient of Universal Credit) will continue to receive free school meals until the end of their current phase of education (such as primary or secondary).
The Universal Credit rollout is currently expected to complete in March 2022.