School Dinner Price Change

Dear Parents
School Meal Provision
Our kitchen continues to provide a healthy hot meal at lunch time at school for all children who wish to take it. Children in Reception to Year 2 do not pay for this meal as the Government currently funds this via the Universal Infant Free School Meals (UIFSM) Initiative, together with the children throughout the school whose parents are in the receipt of the benefits making them eligible for Free School Meals (FSM).
For the remainder of the school (children in Years 3-6) where children take a hot lunch and parents pay for their children’s meal, the current daily charge to parents is £2.00. This has been heavily subsidised by the school in the past as the actual charge to the school by our catering provider GS Plus is £2.59 per meal.
From the information we have from Central Government, it is clear that school budgets will continue to be significantly reduced, and we can no longer justify continuing this subsidy. With budgets so tight, I am sure that you will agree that it is very important to provide best value for money for all our children at school.
This being the case, we have decided to increase the price of school meals in stages until it is in line with the price the school is being charged per meal. From 16th April 2018, the daily charge of a school meal will increase to £2.40 (£12 per week) and from September 2018, it will further increase to £2.59 (£12.95 weekly).
We would also like to take this opportunity of reminding parents of children in Year 2 that meals taken at school will be payable once children move to Year 3. From September, we request parents of children in the Autumn Term Year 3 to please make payments in advance using the AGORA online payment system.
Free School Meals (FSM)
Those considered eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) as a result from the benefits they receive help to boost the school’s income, as one of the indicators in determining school’s budgets by Central Government is the number of children eligible for FSM. If you are in receipt of one of the following benefits you may be eligible for Free School Meals:
  • Income Support Income based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income based Employment Allowance Support under Part V1 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Pensions credit (if in receipt of Child Tax Credit at a higher rate than the basic family element)
  • Child Tax Credit (CTC) with a household income below the relevant threshold (household income is no more than £16,190)
  • Child Tax Credit (at a higher rate than the basic family element)
If you are in receipt of one of the benefits overleaf, and have yet to apply for FSM, we are happy to make an online application on your behalf. For us to do so, please speak with the Office team.