Many children who attend the schools within The Small Schools Multi Academy Trust stay for school dinners and enjoy the food that is served by our in-house catering team.
As part of the 'Universal Free School Meal' programme, introduced by the Government, all children in Reception and Key Stage 1 are entitled to a free school meal each day. The daily charge for a meal for children in Key Stage 2 is £2.30 and we use Parentpay to allow parents to pay for school meals. We operate a flexible system and our children are able to choose on a daily basis if they wish to have a school dinner.
If your household annual earnings are under £16,190 (or you are eligible for certain benefits) your child is entitled to free school meals (even in Key Stage 2).
At The Small Schools Multi Academy Trust, we think food is a really important part of the healthy lifestyle we aim to instill in our pupils. We've done a lot of thinking about how lunchtime fits into this, including parents and pupils in our discussions.
We believe eating is more than just ‘refueling’, it should be an informal social situation where children work together, share responsibilities, and make new friends across the school. We are committed to working with you to make lunchtime better for your child, but at all of our schools, lunch time will always be more to us than just food. Particular attention is paid to healthy eating, trying new foods, social interaction, and table manners, and these are rewarded through our Healthy Lunch Reward Programmes.
We aim to make lunchtime a happy, calm and social experience. Children sit together, whether they take school lunches, or bring a packed lunch from home. Our catering staff are friendly, approachable, and will work with you and your child to ensure they are able to choose something from the menu. Please feel free to approach our staff if your child has a particular need, or like/dislike, and we will do our best to accomodate it.
Our menus change at least termly, and offer a nutritious and exciting meal, in line with Government guidelines.
For those children bringing packed lunches, we offer support and guidance to parents on healthy options and sugar swaps. Our Packed Lunch Policy outlines our approach to packed lunches. More information about all of this can be found on our individual school websites.
We are working towards the Soil Association Food for Life Bronze Award in all of our schools.