Freshly cooked meals are prepared in the school kitchen. Payment for these is made weekly on a Monday morning. During the current pandemic, payment is preferred by our online payment system, Parentpay (www.parentpay.com)* to avoid cash handling. The meals are currently £2.40 each.
Any child not requiring a school lunch may bring a packed lunch (no drinks). However we do not have facilities for cold storage of these lunches, therefore this may be a deciding factor on what parents put in the pack-ups. Shelves are provided in each classroom for the safe keeping of the packed lunches. Jugs of water will be provided for all children each lunchtime in accordance with the National Food Standards, no fruit drinks are provided.
Free School Meals
All children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 classes are eligible for free school meals. However parents still have the choice of sending a packed lunch if they so wish.
Packed lunches are strongly encouraged to be healthy. Information on this is available from www.eatwell.gov.uk where you can find advice on the amounts of different food groups advised for children’s Packed Lunches.
In the interests of dental health we ask that children do not bring sweets or biscuits to school but if they wish to have a snack at the morning break, a piece of fresh fruit or cheese may be brought. Wrapped fruit substitutes are discouraged as part of our healthy eating campaign and they cause litter and cleaning problems for our caretaking staff, as well as sticking to shoes and clothing also.
Pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 receive “free fruit for schools” under a government scheme, on a daily basis.
All of our menus comply with the EU Food information for Consumer Regulation. A full list of “Allergen Information” is available on request in school. For further information please visit www.food.gov.uk.
* If you absolutely cannot pay online, it would be helpful if the correct amount could be sent in a named purse or envelope, as we do not keep change in school. Cheques should be made payable to “Hook C E Primary School”.