Our hot school lunches are provided by BAM FM Ltd and delivered from their Taunton kitchen each day. The meals are nutritionally balanced and prepared in accordance with the School Food Plan. The menu rotates over a 3 week period and examples of the healthy food available include pulled pork tortilla wrap, vegetable lasagne, baked fillet of chicken with gravy, green beans and carrots and new potatoes. Each day there is always a choice of a meat dish, vegetarian dish or jacket potato option and for dessert there is always fresh fruit available. Examples of alternative dessert choices include apple and pineapple flapjack crumble with custard, pancakes with chocolate sauce, chocolate brownie cake.
All our hot meals are “nut free” and special diets can be catered for; if you have any questions please let us know.
As part of the government-funded Universal Free School Meal scheme, all pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 classes are entitled to a school meal free of charge. If you would like your Key Stage 2 child to have hot meals, they are available at a cost of £2.50 per meal. Meals are ordered each half-term in advance and, where appropriate, paid for online through our School Money payment system.
Alternatively children can bring a packed lunch. We encourage the children to eat healthily as the right kind of food will help the brain to learn and the body to feel energetic. A suggested packed lunch would contain a sandwich/pasta, two pieces of fruit. Water is always available for all children during lunchtime. The link below provides some ideas for healthy lunch boxes
Lunchtime is seen as an important social activity in our school and the children eat in mixed age groups.
Drinks brought to school should either be in plastic bottles, plastic flasks or in the card cartons. For reasons of safety, glass bottles or containers should not be brought to school.
Free School Meals
While Key Stage 1 children can all have a free hot meal, your Key Stage 2 child might also be able to get free school meals if you get any of the following:
Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
The guaranteed element of Pension Credit
Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
During the initial roll out of the benefit, Universal Credit
Please ask for a Free School Meal form at the school office, this can be completed and returned to the school or sent directly to the Admissions and Entitlements Team, County Hall, Taunton TA1 1DY or you can apply online at www.somerset.gov.uk/freeschoolmeals
Break time snacks
Fruit may be brought into school for a mid-morning snack. Parkfield Primary takes part in the National Fruit Scheme so all Key Stage 1 children are provided with a free piece of fruit each day.
Milk is available and if you would like your child to have a carton delivered to the school each day please let the school office know. There is a small charge for this once your child reaches the age of 5 and payment is made directly to the milk company.