We have exciting news about our school meals which we hope will make the process of choosing and paying for a child’s lunch at Brook Street School easier for you as a parent and us as a school.
Our school meals team create a great menu of fresh, home-cooked and nutritionally balanced meals every day, including a range of fresh-baked breads.
Lunch Shop is an online ordering and payment system, parents and children can go online and choose meals together, in advance.
You can also pay for meals online, which means you won’t have to bring cash or cheques into school, you can simply top-up your balance when you need to.
If your child has a free meal there is no need to make a payment, simply chose your child’s meal.
On the letter given to your child you will find your unique log-in and password
to be used at www.lunchshop.co.uk
Don’t worry if you do not have access to the internet as children can order their meal in class.
As a school, we now look forward to receiving your orders either online or via the classroom. We hope this will be a very useful new addition to our School Meals Service.
The school now offers oven fresh meals, which are prepared on the premises. These are regulated to ensure they have a healthy content. We ensure these meals are nutritious and healthy by exceeding the National standards for food in schools.
The Government are now offering a school dinner, for free, to every child who will be in Key Stage 1 as from September 2014 – that is children moving into Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 as from September 2014.
The option of a free meal is only offered to children who will be in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 as from September 2014. (Children in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 next year, will only receive a free dinner if parents do not work or qualify under other criteria. Please ask at the school office if you are unsure about this).
It is important that, even if your child is in key stage 1 and will receive a free meal, if you become unemployed you register for free school meals as you may also be entitled to a clothing grant. Once your child is registered for free school meals the school will receive extra funding to support your child.
For those children having a school meal, the money for the week should be sent on Monday morning, for the week ahead in an envelope clearly marked with the child’s name, class and the amount enclosed.
The cost for a full week is £11.00
Should your child be absent for one day that you have already paid for, please reduce your next week’s payment accordingly (meals are £2.20 per day).
A week’s notice is required if a child is to change from school meals to packed lunches, or vice versa.
For those children having a packed lunch we encourage parents to ensure they are healthy. Please only send drinks in unbreakable (plastic) containers and make sure that your child’s lunch does not contain sweets, fizzy drinks or fun size bars. One small ‘chocolate biscuit’ style bar is suitable eg Penguin, Club etc.
Free school meals and clothing vouchers are available for your child(ren) if you receive one of the following qualifying benefits:
Income Support (IS)
Income Based Jobseekers Allowance (IBJSA)
An income related Employment and Support Allowance
Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
Child Tax Credit, provided you are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs) that as of April 2012 does not exceed £ 16,190. Note: From 1st May 2009 where you are entitled to Working Tax Credit during the four week period immediately after your employment ceases, or after you start to work less than 16 hours per week, your children are entitled to Free School Meals, this may be extended
The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
If you receive working tax credits you may not be eligible for free school meals or clothing grants.
Children who receive Income Support or Income Based Jobseekers Allowance in their own right are also entitled to receive free school meals.
Please Note: All children who currently receive free school meals and clothing grants do not need to apply each year.