Whitegrove Primary

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snack and lunch

Please note that we are a NUT-FREE SCHOOL so no nuts, nut products or sesame to be brought to school for snack or in packed lunches.

Morning snack

In EYFS and KS1

Snacks for EYFS and KS1 children are supplied under the Government's School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme and these are given to children in class, usually on the carpet, before or after mid-morning playtime.

In KS2

KS2 children are welcome to bring a snack to eat during their mid-morning breaktime and School Council, in consultation with KS2 children, has agreed the following list. Their preference for real fruit and vegetables. All snacks must be low salt, low sugar or plain and no nuts, nut products or sesame please:

Popcorn – plain only

Plain bread sticks

Plain pretzels

Plain bread/ pitta

Dried fruit – (low sugar)

Real cheese including cheese strings

Plain Indian snacks – slightly spicy taste but no sugar

Fruit – real fruit

Vegetables

Flapjack – plain or fruit

Crackers – plain

Oat bars – low sugar

Dunkers – savoury low sugar

Rice cakes – plain

Yoyo bears – avoid cards!

 

Lunch

Children are welcome to bring in a packed lunch to school or to have a school lunch, provided by our in-house school catering team.

School lunches

September 2023: a school meal costs £2.65 per day for children in KS2 whose families are NOT in receipt of Free School Meals. Lunches are free for all EYFS and KS1 children under the Government's Universal Infant Free School Meals (UIFSM) scheme.

If your child is already attending Whitegrove Primary School and you would like them to have school dinners, please use your Scopay online payment system to book and pay for lunches. 

Lunches must be ordered 7 days in advance.  This is to enable the school kitchen to order the correct quantities of food.  Why don't you log on and order a term in advance?

New EYFS parents receive registration details in September.

All school meals must be pre-ordered at home at least 7 days in advance. Please click on the link below for the full menu with allergens:

Autumn 2 menu from 30/10/23 (with Allergens table)

How lunchtimes work

Lunch is in the School Hall, usually from 12:00 - 1.00pm. This time is split into 2 sittings, Sitting 1 (12:00-12.25pm) and Sitting 2 (12.30pm-1.00pm).

Each year group is allocated a group of tables and tables have a mix of children eating packed lunches and school dinners. Some year groups also mix children from different classes on tables within their group. Those having dinners queue up, cafeteria-style, in year groups and their food is freshly served.

The two schemes offering free school meals

Universal Infant Free School Meals (UIFSM) for EVERY EYFS and KS1 child

Every child in Foundation (EYFS) and Key Stage 1 (Years 1 &2) is entitled to a free school meal under the Government's Universal Infant Free School Meals (UIFSM) scheme. The meal is to be chosen from our catering team's menu (see link above). This is NOT means tested and is available to ALL EYFS and KS1 children, not just for families in receipt of benefits.

If your child is in KS2 and you think you may qualify for Free School Meals, please see the information below.

Free School Meals

If you think your child may be eligible for Free School Meals and Pupil Premium, please see Bracknell Forest Council's website here then please apply here.

There is no stigma attached to Free School Meals - the process is completely confidential as we use an online payment system for paying families - so gone are the days of children handing over tokens, vouchers or plastic coins. 

Who is eligible? Children whose parents or carers receive any of the following are eligible for free school meals:

  • Universal Credit - as long as parents/carers have an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400 (£616.67 per month)
  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • the guarantee element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit, provided they are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190, as assessed by HMRC
  • Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit.

If you are entitled to Working Tax Credit during the 4-week period immediately after your employment stops, or after you start to work less than 16 hours per week, your child would also be eligible to free school meals for this 4-week period only.

Apply online for Free School Meals here.

Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme

Children who qualify for and receive free school meals (see above for eligibility criteria) will also be eligible for Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme, as and when such a scheme is made available by Bracknell Forest Council via funding from the Department of Education.