School Meals and Applying for Free School Meals
Our catering service, Bourn Bistro, was introduced in Sept 2012. Our kitchen was refurbished in the summer of 2014 and is capable of providing a hot lunch for all pupils and staff.
Children sit at tables that seat 8, and they help themselves to food from serving dishes that are on the table. Adults are always on hand to help, and monitor portion sizes, but we do encourage children to be as independent as possible in serving and eating. There are year 6 Lunch hall monitors on hand each day to help support children and the lunchtime staff.
Our food is prepared each day on-site and our menus comply with national food standards so, for example, there are lots of fruit based puddings and we avoid deep fried food preferring to steam and bake and roast.
We also always try to ensure the following standards:
- Food sourced from within 50 miles
- Vegetarian option available
- All food is colourant- and additive-free
- Free range eggs and freedom farm chicken
- Outdoor reared pork
- Marine-steward fish
The fresh ingredients are delivered regularly throughout the week.
In addition there is a plentiful supply of drinking water on the table and milk is also available, and children are encouraged to drink with their meal.
We offer the facility for children to change their lunch choices day by day.
Meals cost £2.35 per day for Key Stage 2 pupils and can be paid for on a weekly, half-termly or termly basis using the My Child At School payment system.
food allergies and intolerances
If your child has a food allergy or intolerance, it is extremely important that you let the office know as soon as possible. We try very hard to cater for children who cannot eat certain foods and every day we make sure that there is a suitable alternative for those who cannot eat all or some of the main meal. We always offer bread and a selection of salads to accompany the main meal as well as offering fresh fruit or yoghurt as an alternative to the main pudding.
Universal Infant Free School Meals
In September 2014 the Government introduced Free School Meals for ALL pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2, this is known as Universal Infant Free School Meals (UIFSM).
However, if you are eligible for certain benefits (see below) you may be able to claim free school meals. Not only will this entitle your child for free school meals in Key Stage 2, the school also receives additional funding called Pupil Premium, based on the number of children claiming Free School Meals.
Therefore, even if your child is in EYFS or Key Stage 1, if you are eligible, please apply. The details of how to do this are below.
Applying for Free School Meals
You may be able to claim free school meals if you receive any of the following:
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- the guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
- 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)
- Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
- Universal Credit
TO APPLY, complete this application form on the Cambridgeshire County Council website or call 01223 703200.
Cambridgeshire County Council Information
- Families who are currently paying for school meals will save around £450 a year for each primary school child if they are entitled to free school meals.
- Many schools have systems which mean it is impossible for other pupils to know who is receiving free school meals.
- School children who are eligible for free school meals are entitled to a two course meal worth approximately £2.30 for primary and £2.35 for secondary each day.
- When you apply for free school meals, you will also allow your child's school to receive Pupil Premium, which is extra money to support children from families on lower incomes.
- If your child is in receipt of universal infant free school meals(where your child is in Reception, Year 1 or Year 2), we recommend you apply if you believe you may be eligible for free school meals, because the protection will continue beyond Year 2.
- If you also have a 3 or 4 year old child who is in a free childcare place, they may also be eligible for Early Years Pupil Premium.