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School Lunches

Our school day includes lunchtime provision. You can chose to provide your child with a packed lunch or we can supply them with a hot meal. All children in Reception to Year 2 are entitled to Infant Free School Meals, which are funded by the government, if your child is in Year 3-6 payment for their meal will be required, unless you are entitled to free school meals.

Your child may be eligible for free school meals if you receive any of the following benefits: Income support, Income-based jobseekers’ allowance, Income-related employment and support allowance, Child tax credit, provided that you are not also entitled to working tax credit and have an annual gross income of £16,190 or less, if you are supported under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999, guarantee element of State Pension Credit, Working Tax Credit during the four-week period immediately after your employment finishes or after you start working fewer hours per week or Universal Credit with an annual net earned income of no more than £7400 (from 1st April 2018). Even if your child is currently in Reception-Year 2 and you are eligible for Free School Meals, you should apply now so that provision is uninterrupted as they move up the school.

To apply go to www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/freeschoolmeals

From Year 3 onwards children's meals cost £2.40 per day per child or £12.00 per week. To use our online payment system, SIMS Pay please ask the School Office for your child's unique reference code and details about how to sign up.

Our school meals provider is abm catering solutions - please see the Grow abm introduction leaflet in the side panel.  We are a Production Kitchen, which means that our cook, Mrs Fountain, will be cooking the majority of the food on site from scratch. The ingredients will, where possible, be sourced locally and the menu is checked by a nutritionist for balance across the meal choices on a day and over the week. Please see the latest School Lunch Menu in the side panel of this page. If your child has a medically diagnosed allergy or intolerance, then please contact the school office and we can ensure that their needs are catered for.

If you decide to provide a packed lunch, please read our packed lunch guidance, which is also available to download in the side panel. Research shows that eating a healthy school lunch can positively affect children’s behaviour in the classroom. As you will be aware there is increasing concern about rising rates of obesity and health-related problems in children. As a school, it is part of our responsibility to help children learn how to eat healthily and, as such, we encourage you to follow to the guidelines provided to help you make informed choices for your child’s packed lunch. Water is always available, so providing an additional healthy drink is optional.

Playtime snacks

Offord Primary School is also signed up to the Health Promoting Schools Initiative.  As part of this we have a healthy eating policy. Sweets, biscuits and crisps are not allowed to be eaten at break-times. A piece of fruit is quite acceptable as an alternative. The School also participates in the County Initiative of offering a free piece of fruit or vegetable each morning break for our Reception, Year 1 & Year 2 pupils.

Cool Milk Scheme

Offord Primary School is signed up to the Cool Milk Scheme which is available to all pupils. School milk is free for all under-fives and is available to pupils aged five or older, currently at a cost of 24p per day. Each pupil that registers with Cool Milk will receive a carton of semi-skimmed milk everyday.  If your child is currently under five, free milk will be available until the Friday before your child's fifth birthday. You will receive a payment request three weeks before that time - if you wish your child to continue to receive school milk following their fifth birthday simply make a payment. Register your child at: www.coolmilk.com or collect a form from the School Office.

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