School Meals

Park Primary has its own kitchen in which school dinners are freshly prepared each day. We have a school cook – Mrs Strickland who cooks all the meals and her team follow the Lancashire County Council menu. We also offer a school packed lunch which consists of a sandwich, yoghurt, biscuit, fruit and drink.

The Lancashire County Council website has full details of the catering provision that Park Primary offers. They are currently running with the Healthy Hero theme – see this webpage for full details. Menu options can be viewed as well as lots of nutrition information.

Payment For Meals

Each meal costs £2.20 although children in Years R, 1 & 2 receive a free school meal.

Meals can be paid for weekly, monthly or by term, this is up to parents/carers to decide how they want to manage these payments.

Free School Meals

Some parents may be eligible to claim free school meals and this could mean that the school will receive additional funding to support children’s learning known as Pupil Premium.

From September 2014 all pupils in reception, year one or year two in primary schools will be entitled to free school meals.

For children in year three and above they could get free school meals if you get:

  • Income Support (IS)
  • Income Related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA-IR)
  • Income Based Jobseeker’s Allowance (IB-JSA)
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit and are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and your annual income, as assessed by the Inland Revenue, does not exceed £16,190
  • Working Tax Credit ‘run on’- the payment you receive for a further four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit

If you receive one of the above benefits that entitle your child to free school meals, you can also register your eligibility with the council so that the school can benefit from additional funding, called pupil premium.

The pupil premium gives schools extra funding to raise the achievement of some pupils. This is measured by the number of children eligible for free school meals based on the above qualifying benefits. It is worth over £1000 per pupil for the school your child attends.

How to claim free school meals and Pupil Premium

In reception, year one or year two: If your child is starting reception, year one or year two in September 2014 you do not need to apply for free school meals. Just contact your child’s primary school to check what they need to do to get their free meals. Their free school meals will stop at the end of year two, unless you receive the above qualifying benefits. For year three and above and to register for pupil premium: To apply, complete an application form located on the Lancashire Council Website or simply ring your local Area Education Office with details of your name, date of birth and National Insurance number and an immediate on-line decision can be given Contact: 01254 220711 or 01254 220716 Area Education Office East, Pupil Access Team, UNION STREET, ACCRINGTON BB5 1PL You do not need to re-apply annually, your children will continue to receive free school meals unless you cease to be entitled, and the Council will let you know should that arise.

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