School Meals, Food & Drink Initiatives
At St. Stephen’s we aim to provide meals that are healthy, appetising and appealing to our children. All our school meals will be prepared and cooked in our own kitchen by a catering company called Caterlink. Meals include as much fresh, seasonal, unprocessed and locally sourced ingredients as possible including high welfare meat and sustainable fish. Our school dinners meet all the national nutritional requirements, with bread, fresh fruit and vegetables, water and a selection of salads available on a daily basis. The menu is displayed outside the school hall and is on the school website thus enabling parents and children to make informed choices. All lunchtime food is consumed in the hall. Children who take school dinners and packed lunches sit together and staff are encouraged to eat with the children.
We regularly ask children’s opinions about the menu. Children are encouraged by staff on duty to try new foods and often will experiment when they see their peers eating a variety of food stuffs.
School meals are provided in the school hall and are taken alongside the children eating packed lunches. Individual year groups eat their lunches together at set times.
- Reception & Y1-2 12.00 - Years 3-6 12.30 -1.30
School meals can be ordered on a termly or half termly arrangement. The cost of meals is:
- £2.30 per day (for Years 3 – 6) - Meals for children in Reception, Years 1 and 2 are FREE
This is part of the Government's new universal free school meal initiative (introduced September 2014). Please see below the menu for the Spring Term 2019.
Spring Term 2019 Charges
Full term £135.70 First half term £66.70 Second half term £69.00
To register for school meals, please complete the school meals application form below and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org or return it to the school office. For any changes please give at least one weeks' notice. All changes should be emailed to this email address or given in writing to the office.
Occasionally parents ask if their child could have a meal for one day as an ad hoc meal. As we are trying to move towards a cashless office, it would be very much appreciated if you could pay for these meals through Parent Pay via the ‘Ad Hoc Meals’ service. The minimum payment we can accept is £15 and if there is any credit left at the end of the year we will refund it back to you. Thanks for your co-operation in this matter.
FREE SCHOOL MEALS
Please note that there is an important difference between the new government initiative to offer all KS1 children free school meals and the existing free school meal scheme. If you are on benefits and would like help with paying for school meals, you may apply via the Borough for free meals for your child. For each eligible child, St. Stephen’s is allocated £1,300 p.a. to help support the child and maximise their progress. The funding goes towards paying for things like extra tuition; school uniform; trips and out of school provision (school/holiday clubs). The funding to the school will be lost unless eligible parents continue to apply for financial help. It is therefore important that if you think your family income means that your child is eligible but they’re not registered, please either go to www.richmond.gov.uk/free_school_meals and fill out an application form or go to www.fsm.lgfl.net where you can quickly and easily check eligibility. The online application process is linked to the Department for Education’s system and gives an immediate ‘yes’ or ‘no’ response.
- Children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are provided with a piece of fruit at morning break.
- Children in KS2 (Y3-Y6) need to bring in their own healthy snacks. A piece of fruit is ideal.
HEALTHY PACKED LUNCHES
The school recognises that some children may want to bring in a packed lunch. We encourage parents to provide healthy and nutrious lunches. As part of our ongoing drive to ensure the children eat healthily, crisps and chocolate should not be brought into school. No glass bottles or tins should be brought in either. Please also note that due to dietary requirements or intolerance, and religious observance, we insist that no food may be swapped or shared from packed lunches. Food not eaten in a packed lunch will be sent home with the child to ensure that parents know what their child has or has not eaten. All packaging is send home to give the child the opportunity to recycle.
We understand it can be tough to get variety into their lunchboxes. If you would like some new ideas/inspiration, please click on the links below. Or make the switch to school meals: they already have to meet tough standards for nutrition, so you’ll know your child’s choosing from a healthy menu.
Water is freely available throughout the school day to all children and staff. Children are encouraged to bring in water bottles with a sports cap and drink water during the day, especially before and after P.E. and during warm weather.
Every child under the age of five is entitled to free school milk. When a child reaches five they are then entitled to subsidised milk, around £15 per term. In order for this to happen, you need to register your child either by going online to www.coolmilk.com or send a form available from the school office to FREEPOST COOL MILK.
ALLERGIES, FOOD INTOLERANCE OR SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS
No nuts are used in any food preparation as the school is a nut-free zone. This includes coconuts.
If your child have a food allergy or intolerance, please ask a member of our catering team for information.
If you are a parent or guardian and your child has a school lunch and has a food allergy or intolerance you will need to complete the form below to ensure we have the necessary information to cater for your child.
Please download the form below, ask for a form via the school office or click here.
Forms also available through the Caterlink website.
Please see our Nut Policy and Cake Sale Policy below.