Children can buy a variety of food at school. At break time, milk, orange juice, toast and cereal are on sale. This is known as our “breakfast club”. At lunchtime children can buy a set meal with meat or vegetarian options available. Drinks and fruit are also on sale.
Meals are booked and paid for using the parent pay website, meals have to be booked before 9.00am on the day.
The current cost of a school meal is £2.20.
Children are also welcome to bring a packed lunch from home. Arrangements are made for children to eat these in their area. Drinks should be stored in a plastic container to avoid accidents. It is advisable not to send hot drinks to school.
If you are receiving Income Support (IS), income based jobseeker’s allowance (IBSA) or support under part VI of the immigration act 1999, will be entitled to claim a free school meal for their children.
Children who receive IS or IBJSA in their own right are also entitled to claim. Other benefits which may entitle you to claim a free school meal for your child are: Income related employment and support allowance, children whose parents are entitled to child tax credit, but not entitled to a working families tax credit, and whose annual taxable income (as assessed by the inland revenue) does not exceed £16,190 are also eligible to receive free school meals, parents receiving a guarantee elements of state pension credit or those supported under part VI of the immigration and asylum act 1999.
Application forms are available, in confidence, from school or from Reading Borough Council (Education Department).
We are always interested in what your child thinks about school dinners, so please let us know! We also invite parents in to share a school meal with their children, usually in the Autumn term.
Please see below guidance from Chartwell’s on their Nut policy and also allergy forms if your child requires a special diet.
Nut Policy Statement Maintained Schools May 2016 Reading LJCG
Special Diet Parent Consent June 2016
Special Diet Parent Letter June 2106
Breaktime snack price list