Universal Free School Meals
The Government are now funding school meals for all children in KS1, this includes reception, year 1 and year 2. If your child currently has a home dinner or packed lunch please let the office know if you would like to change.
Free School Meals (FSM)
The government now gives school a significant amount of extra money for each pupil who is eligible for FSM.
Your child is entitled to receive free school meals each day if you are in receipt of one of the following:
- Income Support
- Income-based Job Seekers Allowance
- Child tax credit, but not entitled to working tax credit and annual income does not exceed £16,190
- Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- The ‘guaranteed element’ of Pension Credit
- Income related Employment and Support Allowance
- Working Tax Credit run-on
- Universal Credit (with income less than £7,400/year)
We would strongly encourage you to apply for this. If your child does not want to eat a school dinner, then that is not a problem, but there are other ways in which we can support you and your child, if your child is eligible for FSM. Please contact Miss Baldwin in the school office for more details or to discuss this further.
Alliance in Partnership is at the forefront of promoting a healthy lifestyle. We believe that nutritious, healthy meals designed by students and teachers, with help from our staff of experts, enhance the curriculum and help children learn. Your menu offers a choice of fresh, healthy cooked food which meets the Government food based standards and has been nutritionally analysed to create balanced, healthy meals. Your menus retain the Gold Food for Life Catering Mark and are freshly prepared using the finest, fresh and local ingredients. Here are the ways in which we bring your menu to life
Our menu is over 80% freshly prepared daily.
All Meat is British Red Tractor certified supplied by local butcher, John Sheppard
o All Beef Mince is certified Organic
o All Pork is Free Range
All Halal Meat is Pre-Stunned
· All Fish is MSC certified
· In accordance with the Gold Food for Life Standard, we spend 15% of our food budget on organics. The following items are always organic:
o Beef Mince
Fresh Fruit and Yoghurt are served daily alongside our prepared desserts. Cheese and Crackers are also served twice a week
o We make a daily prepared dessert fresh each day. Each one contains fruit or vegetables. This lessens the need for excess added sugar in our baking.
o All baked desserts contain fruit as well as a whole grain, such as wholemeal flour or oats.
We turn popular food into healthier options for children:
o Our Pizzas are made on wholemeal bases with our own homemade tomato sauce. We add vegetables and sometimes lentils to these sauces to add even more beneficial nutrients.
o We don’t have any fryers in our kitchens. All wedges, chips, and fish are oven baked.
o Fresh bread is served daily containing wholemeal flour and different herbs and spices
We reduce salt and sugar in all our meals. We never salt any food after it has finished cooking
o Our Asian and Mexican Sauces are made by our cooks so that they can reduce the salt and sugar content.
o We offer Meat Free Mondays to encourage children to try new things.
Our menus provide vegan options over vegetarian options wherever possible. For Instance, we use Linda McCartney sausages as our option instead of Quorn
· Fresh hot vegetables are offered every day. Peas and sweetcorn are the only frozen vegetables that are offered throughout the cycle.