School Meals & Lunchtimes
The government has decided that from September 2014, all pupils in Reception, year 1 and year 2 will be eligible for a free school meal at lunchtime. This offer does not depend on your household income or whether you receive any benefits –every child in these classes is eligible to take up the offer.
In a trial, it was found that pupils who ate a high quality school lunch achieved better academically than those who did not. They were also more likely to eat healthier foods such as vegetables at lunchtime instead of less healthy foods such as crisps. Parents in the trial appreciated saving the cost of school lunches (currently £2.30 per child per day) and not having to spend time preparing packed lunches.
Free School Meals
Who Can Claim?
You can claim free school meals for a child who lives with you and who you are responsible for (for example, you receive Child Benefit for them). Your child must be at school, not at a day nursery or children’s centre. You must also be in receipt of one of the following:
- income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance; or
- Pension Credit (Guarantee Credit); or
- income-related Employment and Support Allowance; or
- Child Tax Credit as long as it doesn’t include an amount for childcare and as long as you have a household income of £16,190 a year or less. This income limit will be used until April 2012 but may go up in future years. Working tax Credit is not a qualifying income.
You can also claim free school meals, but not a secondary school clothing grant, if you are entitled to a Working Tax Credit ‘run-on’ payment for four weeks after stopping work or reducing working hours to under 16 hours a week.
You can also claim free school meals if you are an asylum seeker. To do this you need to contact school and provide evidence that you are an asylum seeker. We can accept one of these documents as evidence:
- Standard acknowledgement letter (SAL) 1 or 2
- Letter from the Home Office
- Letter from a solicitor
- Application registration card (ARC)
If you would like any more information regarding claiming free school meals please call into the school office where we will be happy to help.
Download a Free School Meal claim form.
Lunchtimes at Sacred Heart
Over the lunch break children are constantly monitored and supported.
To help the very young children adapt to the playground environment, Year 3 children pair up with the reception children to become personal BUDDIES. The BUDDIES help to keep the children safe and happy and also help to establish the playground rules.