School meals

Hot school meals are free for all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2, and to all other children in Years 3 and 4 who are entitled to a free school meal. Are you entitled? See below for details.

If your child is entitled to a free school meal but has a packed lunch, please complete the free school meals application form anyway as this will help the school receive more resources from the government, which will, in turn, help us to make Christ Church even better.

Lunches can be pre-ordered from the school office at a cost of £2.30 per day. Please note: because a precise amount of food is prepared each day based on bookings, we are sorry that we cannot take lunch orders on the day. Please ask at the office if you need help ordering lunches in advance.

CCFS lunch menu Autumn 2016

Free School Meals - Pupil Premium Application Form (doc)

Free School Meals - Pupil Premium Application Form (pdf)

Free school meals

Children whose parents receive the following support payments are entitled to receive free school dinners:

  • Income Support (IS)
  • The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance (JSA)
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs) that as of 6 April 2010 does not exceed £16,190

You can return the free school meals application form and the documents to prove that you are in receipt of these support payments to the school office. We are happy to help if you get stuck.

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Packed lunches

To ensure consistency and to keep packed lunches in line with food standards for cooked school meals, packed lunches may contain the following:

Bread, rice, potatoes, pasta – These starchy foods are a healthy source of energy. Packed lunches should include two or more portions, e.g. pasta salad, sandwich.

Fruit and vegetables – These foods provide vitamins, minerals and fibre. Lunches should include at least one portion of fruit and one portion of vegetables/salad, or more, e.g. carrot/cucumber sticks, cherry tomatoes, a piece of fruit.

Milk and dairy foods – These foods provide calcium for healthy bones and teeth. Include one portion at lunch, e.g. yoghurt, fromage frais, milk.

Meat, fish, eggs, beans – These foods provide protein for growth. Packed lunches should include one portion of these foods, e.g. boiled egg as filling in sandwich, mixed bean salad.

Healthy drinks – These include plain water, milk (semi-skimmed), unsweetened fresh fruit juice, diluted fresh fruit juice, fruit- or dairy-based smoothies. (No fizzy/sugary/energy drinks in cartons, bottles or cans please.)

Packed lunches may contain one small, sensible portion of:

  • crisps or other savoury snacks
  • chocolate-covered biscuit

Packed lunches should not contain the following:

  • sweets
  • chewing/bubble gum
  • nuts or peanut butter (or similar nut-based spread)
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