School Lunches

 

 


Clapham Manor is fortunate to have a superb chef who prepares our meals freshly each day; we offer three choices of main course (one vegetarian) and an exciting choice of vegetables and salads. We encourage children to have a hot school lunch. Please remember that we do not have cool storage for packed lunches.
 
In February 2017 our caterers Harrisons held a forum with parents and carers to discuss nutrition and school lunches.
  • To view the presentation given at the forum, please click here.
  • To view the minutes of the forum, please click here.

Payments

The current cost of dinners is £1.70 per day (£8.50 per week). Payments must be made in advance at the beginning of the term or half term, or if you prefer every Monday. Payments can be made either using ParentPay or by using a printed bar code at a PayPoint. Please ask for this in the School Office.

Absences/Lateness

A careful control of children’s absences is carried out every day, which means we can inform the kitchen of the exact number of dinners required, limiting the wastage of food. It is important, therefore, that if your child is not in school in the morning but will be coming for lunch, the office is informed before 10 o’clock, so that a meal is ordered for him/her. If the office is not informed, we cannot guarantee a school meal.

Changes From School Dinner To Packed Lunch

Every half term, on the first day, the children are asked what their dinner arrangements will be. Changes from one to the other create ordering problems for the kitchen, so children have been advised that changes can only be made half-termly.

If, however for some unforeseeable circumstance, your child has to change his or her dinner arrangements, this must be done in WRITING and agreed with the office, otherwise payment must be made for the dinners, as the school will be ordering the meals and therefore be charged for them.

Arrears

Contacting parents for non-payment of school dinners puts enormous administrative burden on the school. If payment for school meals taken has not been received after two weeks, you will be asked to provide your child with a packed lunch until full payment has been received.

Universal Free School Meals

Currently all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 receive a free school meal regardless of their family circumstances.

Free School Dinners

Is your child entitled to free school dinners?

You may be eligible for free school dinners. You are eligible if you are currently receiving:

  • Income Support
  • Income related Job Seekers Allowance
  • Child tax credit, provided you do not also receive Working Tax Credit and have an annual Income, as assessed by the HM Revenue & Customs, that does not exceed £16,190
  • Income related employment and support allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.
  • Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Working Tax Credit during the four-week period immediately after their employment finishes of after they start to work less than 16 hours per week.

If you think you are entitled, please download and complete the free dinner application form and bring it to the school office as soon as possible. You do not need to produce proof of your entitlement, as it is now possible to check whether you are entitled.

To see a copy of the school menu please click here. Please note that the menu runs on a three week cycle:

Week 1 : 13th – 17th November

Week 2: 20th – 23rd November

Week 3: 27th November – 1st December