The children are able to have a hot school meal every day for the cost of £2.20 per day. Menu’s are sent out on a monthly basis. Kings Caple Primary Academy’s hot school meals comply with the new School Food Plan. From September 2014, all children in reception, year 1 and year 2 are eligible for a Universal Infant Free School Meal. Parents with an eligible child should fill in a menu. If you do not wish your child to take up hot school meals your child should bring a packed lunch to school and a drink in an unbreakable flask. Water and beakers are available at lunchtimes. Children are encouraged to bring in a bottle of water for in the classroom which they can have access to during lessons. There is also a drinking fountain in the cloakroom and in the playground. Fizzy drinks are not permitted in lunchboxes but squash and fruit juice drinks are.
Packed lunches should be nutritional and children are encouraged to eat healthily. Crisps, sweets and chocolate are discouraged both as mid-morning snacks and in lunchboxes. If you are entitled to Free School Meals either because your child is in KS1 (Universal Infant Free School Meals) or you have applied, your child can choose between a hot school lunch or a packed lunch.
The entitlement to free school meals (excluding Universal Infant Free School Meals) is determined by a net income scale that is operating nationally. If you or your partner are receiving:
• Income Support or Income Based Job Seekers Allowance
• Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
• Pension Guarantee Credit
• Child Tax Credit, where Working Tax Credit in NOT in payment AND your annual income does not exceed £16,190 (as determined by HM Revenues & Customs)
• Working Tax Credit @Run On’ ( A 4 week payment when your employment has ceased or your working hours reduce below 16)
• Support under Part VI of the Immigration & Asylum Act 1999
You should apply for free school meals for your child/children by completing a form which can be obtained from the school Reception Office, where the administrative staff will be pleased to help you with any enquiries.
Kings Caple provides a milk scheme that is available to all of our pupils. School milk is free for all under-fives and is subsidised for pupils aged five or older. All parents with children of any age need to register with Cool Milk at www.coolmilk.com. Milk is then delivered fresh and chilled to the classroom. Their school milk will not only provide them with essential nutrients, but as it is the rehydrating and energy boosting it also bridges the gap between breakfast and lunch to help children stay focused.
In conjunction with the Department for Education’s new School Food Plan our school provides a free 189ml portion of low fat milk to children entitled to statutory free school meals. Further information regarding school milk is available from the office.
The school Lunch Period is 12.00 – 1.00 pm. All children dine in the school hall. All children are supervised during lunch break by Lunchtime Supervisors. Members of the teaching staff are available should the need arise.
Children are encouraged to have a drink at break times and a healthy snack. The only snacks allowed in school must be a healthy option. In Key Stage 1 (infants) the children have free fruit. Key Stage 2 (juniors) can also bring fruit or vegetables. (Fruit can be of the fresh or dried variety).