What is The Food Plan?
"An agreed plan that has the support of the government and diverse organisations who are supporting head teachers to improve food in their schools.
As part of the School Food Plan, a new set of standards for all food served in schools came into force on 1st January 2015.
The new standards are designed to make it easier for school cooks to create imaginative, flexible and nutritious menus and will ensure children can enjoy food at school which supports their health and education.
Children can either bring a packed lunch or have a hot school lunch, which is provided by the award-winning caterers HC3S. HC3S ethos is about providing tasty food to help children flourish, by providing nutritious food, cooked fresh every day, which is responsibly sourced, giving your children a balanced diet with choices that aid concentration levels and give them energy to focus and to play.
These school lunches cost £2.50 and is payable online or at the office.
School lunches must be paid for on the day or ideally in advance for the week ahead.
However since September 2014 ALL Keystage 1 children (years R, 1 & 2) are offered school lunch FREE OF CHARGE.
If you prefer your child to have a packed lunch from home, please send it in a suitable lunch box, clearly marked with the child’s name. Parents are encouraged to pack a healthy meal for their child. We also ask parents not to include nuts in lunchboxes as they pose potential serious risks to health with a number of children in school having nut allergies.
Children are allowed to bring squash or juice in a bottle or carton but this can only be drunk at lunchtime (only plain water can be drunk in class).
Please note that fizzy drinks, thermos flasks and glass bottles or containers of any kind are not allowed in school.
Our current menu can be found here:
Some families require their child to have a special diet due to medical reasons, if you fall into this category please complete the following form and send it into the school office.
At Wellstead we have house tables where children sit with a friend from their class and other classes, who are all in the same house.
We hope this encourages our school ethos and gives them responsibilty to care for and help younger children e.g. help cut up their food.
Free School Meals Eligibility
Free school meals in KS2 (Years 3, 4, 5 & 6) are available only to children whose parents/guardians are in receipt of one or more of the following benefits:
Income-based Job Seekers' Allowance
Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
The Guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
Child Tax Credit, provided you are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit, and have an annual gross income, of no more than £16,190
No other benefits qualify for free school meals.
Applying for Free School Meals
There is a new online service, where you can check your own eligibility for free school meals, or you can check on behalf of someone else.
To complete a check you will need the following information for yourself, or the person you are checking on behalf of:
- Name, home address and email address.
- National Insurance Number or National Asylum Support Service reference number.
- Child's name, date of birth and school.