Dinner money is collected by class teachers on Monday morning for the week. If you are unsure of which days your child will require a cooked dinner, simply send money for the number of days and they can order them as required. This is essential for school security so that all money can be banked on Monday morning. It is preferable for parents to use the online payment system and log on details can be provided on request from the office.
It is extremely important that money is sent in a sealed envelope clearly marked with the following:
- child’s name
- which days they require a meal (if known)
- the amount (currently £2.15 per day)
We would strongly advise that all money is sent using our Internet Payment system (there is a link on our home page) or in the form of a cheque (made payable to either ‘Shamblehurst Primary School’ or ‘HCC’) as it is far easier to clarify any discrepancies in payments. Under no circumstances should dinner money be outstanding for longer than 24 hours and, should debts persist, we will regrettably be unable to provide further meals.
Free School Meals
From September 2014, the national arrangements for children in KS1 (Years R to 2) changed so that all children in those years groups are entitled to a free hot meal each day.
However, in KS2 (Years 3 to 7) children are only entitled to a free school meal if they fulfil certain criteria. Please follow the link below for more details of the eligibility of children to receive free school meals. As well as the hot dinner, children are then recognised as being ‘Pupil Premium’ and the school receives additional funding to support their learning and development. More information can be found on this on the Pupil Premium page of the website under Performance.
Some parents nationally are concerned that there might be a stigma to their child for receiving free school meals. We would seek to reassure you that this is not the case and that we make sure that the children do not know the status of their dinners – they simply make their lunch choice in the mornings in the same way as every other child. We would encourage you to investigate if your child is eligible for the free meal, and the Pupil Premium funding that comes with this.
To register or for more information, visit: http://www3.hants.gov.uk/hc3s/freeschoolmeals/
If your child prefers to bring a packed lunch, please ensure that boxes/bags are clearly named. Remember that we are a 'Healthy School'. Glass bottles, fizzy drinks and sweets are not allowed in school for health and safety reasons.
Your child may come home with a 'healthy food' sticker given to them by lunchtime staff. This is to encourage the children to eat fruit or vegetables. Please support us by providing something suitable for them in their lunch box or by encouraging them to eat vegetables with hot meals.