At St Francis, our lunch break runs from 12:00pm until 1:10pm and during this time all of our pupils enjoy either a hot school meal or jacket potato prepared freshly each day in our school kitchen, or a packed lunch prepared by their parents/ carers at home.
As an alternative to our nutritious school meals, you may wish to provide your child with a packed lunch from home. Please note that due to allergy concerns we are a nut free school and therefore we ask that you refrain from sending children to school with nuts or nut based products e.g. peanut butter sandwiches, cereal bars containing nuts etc.
For more information on how to keep packed lunches healthy & interesting try this Perfect Packed Lunches page
In certain circumstances it may be possible for parents to receive free school meals for their child(ren).
Your child may be entitled to receive free school meals if you are entitled to receive one or more of the following:
- Income Support
- Income Based Jobseekers Allowance
- An income-related employment and support allowance
- Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by HM Revenue & Customs) that does not exceed £16,100
Parents receiving Working Tax Credit for four weeks after their employment finishes are entitled to free school meals during that period. This also applies to parents who start working less than 16 hours per week.
If you think that you may be eligible to qualify for free school meals please do not hesitate to contact a member of the school office team.
To apply for free schools meals please complete the online application form.
For more information visit the Essex County Council Healthy Living & School Meals webpage.
Please note that from September 2014, all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 will be eligible to receive free school meals.