The meals at the school are of a high standard and are provided by Thurrock Catering Services. The cost is £2.20 per day and in addition to the main meal there is a vegetarian option each day. These are currently prepared and served from the kitchen at the school.
Each child chooses their main course daily as this ensures that each child gets the food that they want. Please note that as the cook is only allowed to cook the meals that are ordered children have to have the meal they ordered that morning. All meals have to be ordered by 9.30am each day and so if your child is going to be late for any reason and will require a school dinner please call us and let us know what they would like as, without exception and even if they are entitled to a free school meal, if a child is late and hasn’t pre-ordered a meal the cook will be unable to provide a lunch for them.
Menus are available from the school office and are also displayed in both dining halls and each classroom for the children to see. Please click on the menu link below to view them. The menus work on a 3 week rota.
Although school dinners are ordered daily they are payable for in advance each Monday, or the first day of the week that the school is open. Dinner money can be paid on-line, as with all trips etc. Please click here for the link to the on-line payments system. Alternatively send in dinner money on Monday morning, or the first day the school is open that week, in an envelope marked with the child’s name, class and which days dinner is/are required. A credit is given for any absence. Written permission is required for children in the KS2 going home for dinner. Children who go home for lunch may return at 12.50pm. KS1 children should report to the KS1 school office and KS2 children should report to the Main Reception.
Although free school meals are provided for all children in KS1 as well as for parents of pupils in KS2 in receipt of Income Support or Income Based Jobseeker’s Allowance we do ask that even if your child does not have a school dinner and you are in receipt of any of the below you still apply. For every child who has been granted free school meals the school receives additional funding, called Pupil Premium funding.
In the 2017 to 2018 financial year, we will receive £1,320 for every pupil registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years.
Schools will also receive £1,900 for each looked-after pupil who:
- has been looked after for 1 day or more
- was adopted from care on or after 30 December 2005, or left care under:
- a special guardianship order
- a residence order
and £300 for every child of a service family.
You can register your child for Free School Meals if you get any of these benefits
- Income Support
- income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Child Tax Credit – provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190
- Universal Credit
- the guaranteed element of Pension Credit
- support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
You have to apply for free school meals online via Thurrock Council however if you would like some help with applying or have any questions please do contact the school office, who will be happy to speak to you.