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Brockley Primary School
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School Meals

Cooked meals are provided in the school’s kitchen and as from September 2013 the cost for all junior aged children (Years 3, 4, 5 and 6) is £1.95 per day. Payment for the week’s meals should be made on Monday. If school is not open on a Monday or your child is absent, payment should be made on the first day of the week that your child attends. It is also possible to pay for each half term; the amount can be obtained from the School Office. For more information on school meals go to www.myschoollunch.co.uk/derbyshire.

Children are also allowed to bring packed lunches to eat during lunchtime. Please ensure that these are securely packed and marked with the child’s name. Here are Brockley we have introduced a flexible dinning system where you and your child can look through the current menu and decide which days they would like a meal and which days they will bring a packed lunch. The menus are organized in a four week block, rotating each four weeks.  The office staff will then mark the register each week with days your child is taking a cooked meal. Please speak to the school office staff for more information on this system.  
If you wish your child to change to or from school lunches please give a half a term’s notice to the School Office.

The eating of unhealthy snacks and sweets at break-times is not permitted.  A tuck shop is provided where fruit is served four days a week and on Tuesdays the children are given a treat of biscuits and cheese.  Please send no more than 20p a day for your child to spend at the tuck shop.

Universal Free School Meals

As I am sure you are all aware from September 2014 all infant aged children (Reception, Years 1 and 2) will receive their midday school meal free of charge. The Catering Service assure us that this will be the exact same high standard, nutritionally based and balanced meal served throughout the majority of primary schools in Derbyshire. Should your child have any specific food allergies, a doctors letter is required to ensure the Catering Staff can account for this on a daily basis.  Any special food requirements will need to be authorized via a meeting with the Catering staff before we can take any action.

For more information please visit the Children Food Trust website: http://www.childrensfoodtrust.org.uk/parents/what-universal-infant-free-school-meals-means-for-your-child?requesturl=%2fschoolfoodplan%2fuifsm%2fparents

Free School Meals

Could your children be entitled to free school meals? If you are on the following benefits you will be able to claim a meal for your children:

- Income support
- Income based Job Seekers Allowance or an Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Child Tax Credit Only (with a family income of less than £16,190)
- National Asylum Seekers Support
- Guarantee Element of State Pension Credit
- Employment and Support Allowance

You can’t get free school meals if you are claiming Working Tax Credit.

It’s easy to apply at www.derbyshire.gov.uk/freeschoolmeals or ask the school office for a form or phone the free school meals team on 01629 536481.

School Lunch Procedures – From 1st April 2013

Each child’s lunch has to be ordered at the kitchen by 10am.

Any child going home unexpectedly after this time and before lunch has to be charged for the meal which has been ordered regardless of whether they have eaten it or not.

If you know your child is being picked up for an appointment and will be absent at lunchtime please inform the School Office by 9am so we can amend the dinner register accordingly.

Thank you for your support.