Delicious Hot School Lunches
New Manor Farm Kitchen, located in Witham Friary, is our hot meal provider. New Manor Farm Kitchen is run by Mr Richard Nickless who takes pride in sourcing local produce and producing meals that comply with the School Food Standards and are thoroughly enjoyed by pupils and a number of staff as well!
Menu choices can be found by accessing the link below. Hard copies of menus / meal choice order forms are available from the school office.
Meals must be ordered and paid for in advance, by the Thursday of the week before they are required. Please call in at the school office to place your order and pay for meals as required.
Paid Meals For Children In Years 3 and 4
Meals are charged at £2.45 per day.
Universal Infant FREE School Meals For All Children In Reception, Year 1 and Year 2
Is your child in Reception, Year 1 or Year 2? If this is the case they will be eligible for a freshly prepared hot lunch free of charge. In September 2014, the Government introduced a scheme called Universal Infant Free School Meals for all children attending the first three years at school. This provides benefits for children, parents and schools alike. Not only are our school meals delicious and healthy but the initiative can also save parents £400 per year per child.
The introduction of this scheme has been seen to improve eating habits in young children with evidence showing a significant link between a good diet and a positive impact on performance at school.
Should you choose to take up this entitlement, your child will receive a freshly prepared nutritious meal each school day; all you need to do is fill in a very simple form available from the school office. There is always a choice of meal (see lunch menu above). Special dietary requirements can also be catered for.
FREE School Meals
If you meet certain criterial your child may continue to be entitled to a free school meal when they move into Years 3 and 4.
If you receive any of the following support payments your child could be entitled to free school meals:
- Income Support
- Employment Support Allowance (Income Related) – not Contribution Related
- Income-based Jobseekers Allowance – not Contribution related
- Guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
- Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- Child Tax Credit , providing you do not also receive Working Tax Credit, with an annual taxable income (as assessed by HMRC) of less than £16,190
- Universal Credit
If you have recently become unemployed but are still receiving Working Tax Credits your child may still be entitled to free school meals. If you believe your child might be entitled to free school meals, please make an application; the benefits to both you and the school are too big to miss. Thank you.
Free School Meal Advice Helpline: 0300 123 2224
Free School Meal Online Application: www.somerset.gov.uk/freeschoolmeals
Registering for free school meals doesn’t mean your child has to eat the school lunch – there are many additional benefits! Schools receive a payment called the Pupil Premium Grant for each child who is registered for free school meals. This money helps us provide extra support like additional tuition, help with paying for educational visits, swimming and attendance at before and after school clubs for those children entitled to free school meals.
Checking to see if your child is eligible is quick and easy. A form is available from the school office. You can also register online.