School meals are provided by Independent Catering a local specialist FRESH FOOD caterer offering varied menus using fresh British meat, fresh vegetables, fresh salad and fresh fruit every day. All meals are prepared on-site by skilled and fully trained staff. To see a typical menu click here: Independent Catering sample menus.
The daily price for a main meal and dessert is currently £2.20, paid in advance.
Each day pupils will be asked if they are having a school dinner or a packed lunch (children can decide on the day if they are having a school dinner). Those having a school dinner will be given the daily options (the week's menu is available in the classrooms), and asked which choice they would like. The correct colour wristband is allocated to the children (see below) and then shown at the lunch counter and a corresponding meal is served, however, a little extra is always cooked of each choice just in case! You might like to discuss the options available with your child to help them decide.
All current menus are on the Independent Catering website: www.independentcatering.co.uk.
Orange wristbands are available for children with allergies or intolerances.
A salad bar is available for those that prefer raw vegetables rather than the cooked daily selection, or to complement any of the meals. A selection of pudding choices are offered including a hot or cold dessert, cheese and biscuits, yoghurt and sliced fresh fruit.
Independent Catering use a cashless payment system, sQuid. A sQuid PIN number (16 digits & 3 CVV number) is allocated to each pupil and distributed by individual letter via the school. Using this number you can register your details on their website www.squidcard.com or mobile app and add credit to your account, which is debited each time your child has a meal at school. (Currently, children in KS1 receive free school meals). Once logged in, their website or app will show your balance, which meals have been purchased/chosen and any credits made. An auto top-up facility is available so your child will not run out of credit.
If you are unable to access your sQuid account then please email firstname.lastname@example.org, giving the name of the school, your child's name and class, and details of the problems you are experiencing.
From September 2014, under the Universal Free School Meals scheme, all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 will receive free school meals.
Are you entitled to free school meals? If you or your partner receives one of the following: Income Support, Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance, Income-related Employment and Support Allowance, your son/daughter may be entitled to free school meals. Please contact the school office for details.
Alternatively, children may bring a healthy packed lunch and a cold drink in an unbreakable container. from home. In line with our "Healthy School" status, sweets are not allowed in school.