School Dinners are provided by The Contract Dining Company and are available for only £2.20 per day.
Special Diets and Allergies
We aim to ensure that all children have access to a healthy meal, regardless of any dietary requirements.
If your child’s diet does not suit our menus due to any food allergies or intolerances, religious or ethical beliefs please let us know so we can make alternative arrangements.
Please note: that any allergies and intolerances must be accompanied and supported by medical documentation from the child’s GP or other medical professional.
Portions and 'Seconds'
Some children may want bigger portions or 'seconds'. While we are delighted that they have healthy appetite, the portions served in our schools are measured to ensure that they are equal and that they meet the recommended daily allowances.
Our menus fully comply with food standards on nutrition and portion size. They contain at least two portions of fruit and vegetables per meal and every meal is served with vegetables and/or salad as standard.
Part of the new food standards state that free bread should be made available at lunchtime to ensure children are not left hungry after their dinner. We fully comply with these regulations by making sure a basket of bread is available for children to help themselves from at dinner time.
Free School Meals
Apply to see if your eligible for Free School Meals: https://www.kent.gov.uk/education-and-children/schools/free-school-meals
If you may be eligible it is vital to apply as this releases additional funding to support your child’s education, called the "Pupil Premium". This applies from Year R to Year 6 (and beyond into secondary school)
From September 2014 all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 have been eligible for 'universal free school meals', as part of the national Universal Free Infant School Meals scheme (please note that you should still check eligibility for 'Free School Meals' due to the extra support this provides FSM pupils)
If you are joining in September, to ensure your child enjoys a free school lunch, please complete the form you should already have been given and return it to the school office.
If you think your child is entitled to Free School Meals under the current criteria, for example if you are in receipt of certain benefits, it is important that you still register when your child starts infant school, as you will not have to then re-register each year.
Differences From Menu
On some occasions we have to make alternative emergency provision to replace items on the menu. At the menu planning stage it is never our intention to do this, but unfortunately unexpected problems arise meaning we cannot always offer what is stated on the menu. In these cases our catering teams will ensure they still provide your child with a healthy alternative that meets all our requirements and standards.