Healthy meals are prepared on site by The School Lunch Company. In September 2014, Universal Infant Free School Meals was implemented, meaning all children in Reception and Years 1 and 2 receive free meals. Children from Year 3 upwards will still continue to pay as normal. Meals cost £2.20 and can be paid daily, weekly, monthly or termly. Children will have a daily choice of two menu options.
The school office will, on a monthly basis, issue statements for outstanding amounts. This is based on the total meals taken so far, and may comprise outstanding amounts from previous terms as appropriate. A statement can be obtained at any time from the school office on demand. If you wish to query your outstanding balance, please arrange an appointment with the Office Manager who will go through the statement with you.
If your outstanding bill becomes excessive we may insist on your child bringing a packed lunch until agreement is reached regarding settlement of the outstanding amount.
Should you wish your child to have a packed lunch from home this is fine, however, we encourage healthy lunch boxes and healthy snacks at breaktime.
The infants take part in the fruit and vegetable scheme which means that fresh produce is delivered to school for the children to eat every day.
Free school meals
From April 2015, the threshold figure which forms part of the tax credit free school meal eligibility category is £16,190.
Pupils whose parents/carers receive the following support payments are entitled to free school meals (assuming the parent does not receive Working Tax Credit).
Under the current criteria, children who receive, or whose parents receive one or more of the following support payments are entitled to receive free school meals and eligible for two year old funding.
- Income-based and contribution-based Jobseekers Allowance or ESA on an equal basis
- Income Support
- Income Based Jobseekers Allowance
- Income-related employment and support allowance
- Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income, as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, that does not exceed £16,190
- Guaranteed Element of State Pension Credit
- Where a parent is entitled to Working Tax Credit run-on (the payment someone receives for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit).
- Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.
- Working Tax Credit, provided they have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190 per year (eligible for two Year Old Funding only)
- Universal Credit.
How to apply
Please ask for an application form from the school office or see the School Forms web page.
For more information about school meals, and eligibility for free school meals, please visit the Oxfordshire County Council School Meals page.