St Paul’s Church of England Primary School
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School Meals

Our school meal service changed radically in September 2014.  Following the serious fire in August 2013 we were able to install a complete school kitchen as part of the recovery work.

In September 2014, we launched our ‘in-house’ catering service.  The entire team is employed directly by the school. Our chef manager, Mel Sinclair, plans all the menus and sources the food.  Our aim is to produce freshly cooked, nutritious meals every day.  With a dedicated catering team she cooks and serves the meals.

We also introduced ‘family service’.  This means that food is brought directly to the table and children can help themselves, rather than queuing as they used to in the old canteen.  Family service enables friends to sit together and promotes good speaking and listening in a calm and positive environment.  Our dining hall assistants oversee the family service, supporting the pupils.  Many adults sit and have lunch with the pupils.

We publish the school menus at the foot of this page.  Feedback is very welcome.  The chef manager is often in the hall at lunchtime speaking with pupils.  She can also be contacted via the school and is happy to talk to parents and pupils about the menus and about specific food requirements.

Universal Free School Meals for Infants
In September 2014 the government introduced the Universal Free School Meal offer for pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2.  This means that all pupils in these year groups are entitled to receive a meal at lunchtime without payment.  All pupils in these year groups are provided with a meal, unless their parents inform us that they wish to bring a packed lunch.

Pupils in Years 3-6 must pay for their school meals.  This can be done via Parentpay.  Further information is available from the school office.

Families claiming certain benefits and living in low-income households are entitles to free-school meals and should claim this entitlement regardless of the age of their pupil.  Claiming a free-school meal also releases additional funding to support your child’s education.  This funding is known as the Pupil Premium.  Details of how the school uses the Pupil Premium can be found here.

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