School Meal Service
School Meals are available to all children every day or on selected days if preferred. A copy of the menu is available below. Currently, under the Universal Free School Meals Grant, Free School Meals are available to Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 Pupils.
For all other the cost is £2.40 per day or £ 12.00 per five-day week from September 2021.
Payment can be made online using your Arbor account in the first instance alternatively you can send money in a sealed envelope or container labelled with your child's name, for the first day of the week, usually Monday. Cheque Payments should be made payable to 'Cheshire West and Chester Council.
If you think you may be entitled to Free School Meals (for all ages) please contact the Free School Meals team on 0300 123 7039
You can also use the online checker below:
We are asking parents and guardians who have a child in reception, year 1 or year 2 in September 2021 and have an entitlement to free school meals to complete this online form. The link to the form is above.
All pupils in these year groups will be able to receive a school meal at no cost to the parent/guardian. We need to ensure that all parents/guardians that have a statutory entitlement to a free school meal complete this form. We will then be able to confirm whether the school is entitled to claim the pupil premium for your child.
The Pupil Premium is extra money given to your child’s school to spend on resources such as one to one tutoring, music lessons, extra curricular clubs and school trips. For 2021/2022 this is £1345 per pupil. Funding is based on children registered for a free school meal, further reinforcing the importance of making sure all those who qualify are actually registered.
Please complete all sections on the form if your income meets one of the categories below this will be processed in confidence by the Local Authority.
Your child may be entitled to receive free school meals if you are entitled to receive one of the following:
• Income Support
• Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
• Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
• Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
• The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
• Child Tax Credit, provided you are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income that does not exceed £16,190.
• Universal Credit (Provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400)
It is really important that you complete the form to help make sure your child’s school is funded as well as possible.
School Food Standards
In January 2015 as part of the School Food Plan, a new set of standards for all food served in schools was launched by the Department for Education. They become mandatory in all maintained schools, academies and Free Schools. Welcomed by the Save Our Standards Campaign, and by Jamie Oliver, the new school food standards are designed to make it easier for school cooks to create imaginative, flexible and nutritious menus.
The Standards ‘tea towel’ and accompanying guidance have proved very popular with cooks, caterers and their schools. Please click on the link below to see the guidance.
We ask parents to support the School Fund Plan and the standards set by the DFE when providing their child with a packed lunch. The link below to the Childrens Food Trust, gives you guidance on what to include in your childs lunch box.