School Meals and Applying for Free School Meals
School lunches are provided by Aspens
Lunches need to be ordered on line in advance by using the link above. This ensures that your child will receive the meal you have ordered.
All meals must be ordered in advance, even if your child has free meals in Key Stage 1.
Every day there is a choice of three hot meals, including a jacket potato option. There is a choice of puddings as well as a daily offer of fruit. Children also have access to a salad bar so they can help themselves to a range of salad options.
There are year 6 Lunch hall monitors on hand each day to help support children and the lunchtime staff.
All food is prepared each day on-site and menus comply with national food standards.
With effect from 1st January 2024, Meals cost £2.60 per day for Key Stage 2 pupils and should be ordered and paid for in advance through Aspens Select.
food allergies and intolerances
If your child has a food allergy or intolerance, it is extremely important that you let the office, and Aspens know as soon as possible.
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 £2.60 for primary school children 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.