School Meals, Snacks and Nutritional Standards
We are very fortunate to have Mrs Julie Dyer who cooks and serves all our school meals on the premises and offers a choice of a vegetarian or non vegetarian main course and sweet at a current charge of £2.30 per day. Mrs Dyer will also provides a packed lunch option, for those pupils who do not wish to have a hot meal. Lunch tickets are available to purchase on Monday and Friday mornings only from the office and may be paid for by cheque (payable to Devon County Council). Tickets must be bought in multiples of 5 but do not have a time limit and can be used at any time. Tickets should be clearly marked with your child’s name. If your child prefers to bring a packed lunch to school we encourage children again to make healthy choices.
From September 2014, the government will provide Free School Meals for all children within the EYFS and Key Stage 1 area of school. Children can have a hot meal and pudding, or take advantage of the packed lunch option, if they wish.
Keep an eye open for the latest themed meals or 'meal in a bag' as these are usually very popular and rather tasty! Sometimes children even get to bring their favourite teddy along to join in the fun of a 'Teddy Bears' Picnic.
Children are encouraged by staff to drink still water throughout the day. Following dental advice, only water should be drunk constantly in class, as both the sugar and acid within juices will damage young teeth if sipped over a period of time. If juices are to be drunk it should be during the break or lunchtime.
Children should not bring into school foods which we regard as unhealthy or unsafe e.g. sweets, chewing gum, lollipops, and fizzy drinks or drinks in glass bottles. Fruit or a plain biscuit is an appropriate playtime snack.
Free School Meals (Pupil Premium)
Children who are registered for Free School Meals, are included in govement funding under the Pupil Premium scheme. Schools are allocated extra money to help support pupils in receipt of Free School Meals, to furhter develop their core subject skills (see the pupil premium page). You do not have to take up a free school meal in order to qualify - but you do need to regsiter - you can send your child with a packed lunch if you so wish. The additional funds that Pupil Premium generates is used to support pupils with reading, writing and maths, school uniform and educational visit subsidies, amongst other things.
If you think you are entitled and not yet claiming, please contact the admissions team at County for further information on 0845 155 1019 or download a form from the Useful Dates Tab.
The children who are entitled to free school meals are those children (other than looked after children) who live with a parent or guardian who is in receipt of Income Support (IS), Income-based Jobseekers Allowance (IBJSA) Child Tax Credit without Working Tax Credit with an annual taxable income (as assessed byHMR&C) of less than £16,190, Employment Support Allowance (Income Related), Guaranteed Element of State Pension Credit, Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999. For advice please telephone 0845 155 1019.Free school meals are authorised by the Local Education Authority.
To claim free school meals the first step is to ask for an application form, which can be obtained from the school or the Admissions team, One Capital Court, Bittern Road, Sowton, Exeter, EX2 7FW.