School dinners

Our traditionally prepared school meals provide your child with a healthy balanced lunch. All children in Reception and Years 1 and 2 are entitled to receive a free school meal. To prepare for this exciting new initiative the capacity of our kitchen has been increased, with the installation of new kitchen equipment, extra dining furniture and taking on extra staff, in order to meet increased demand for school meals.

Menus vary throughout the week and always include a roast dinner on Thursday, with special menus featured throughout the year to celebrate special events. The daily menu choices available include a vegetarian dish, a choice of 5 salads, fresh fruit salad, 2/3 vegetables and freshly baked bread each day.

The menu is available from the school office and website. School dinners cost £2.20 per day.

For children in Key Stage 2, all dinner money for the week must be handed in to the class teacher on Monday mornings. However, if a child is absent on Monday, the money should be handed in on the first day of the week that they are in school.

Please ensure that money is in a sealed envelope clearly stating the name and class of the child and which days they are having dinners. Cheques should be made payable to North Primary School.

Free school meals are available for children whose families are in receipt of certain benefits. To be eligible you must be receiving one of the following:

  • income support or income-based Job Seekers Allowance;
  • Child Tax Credit with an annual taxable income of less that £16,190;
  • Pension Guarantee Credit;
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance;
  • support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.

You are not eligible if you receive any amount of Working Tax Credit.

Applications are made online via Essex County Council. The system will take your date of birth and National Insurance number and use the online Eligibility Checking Service provided by the DfE. Parents will only need to provide paper proof of benefits if their eligibility cannot be confirmed electronically.

For more information, see the website or contact the Education Transport & Awards enquiry line 0845 603 2200

If your child is in Reception, Year 1 or Year 2 and you meet the criteria above for free school meals, please speak to the school office staff, as the school receives additional funding for all children who are registered as being eligible.

Packed lunches: For those children who prefer to bring a packed lunch, please provide your child with a sturdy box that is big enough to hold a drink container. The box should be clearly marked with your child’s name. Fizzy drinks are not allowed.