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Lunch

schoolmeals1Lunch Arrangements

At New Chapter Primary School children have the following lunchtime options:
Eat a school meal
Bring a packed lunch

Hot Meals

New Chapter School is part of the Milton Keynes Education Trust family of schools and we know that an important element of the school day is the lunchtime meal. With this very much in mind, we have contracted with the Cygnet catering company to operate a freshly cooked on site meals service at New Chapter.
This means:
schoolmeals2Two course meals using locally sourced; ingredients, freshly cooked at New Chapter School
Speciality breads freshly baked at New Chapter School;
A salad cart with salad options changing daily;
A fresh fruit and yogurt bar.
School meals are available for your child at a cost of £11.50 per week. There is the option of a main meal or vegetarian meal and a choice of fruit or pudding for dessert. Menus are issued every half term. Order forms and payments must be returned to school by 9.00am on Tuesday each week in order to ensure your child’s meal for the following week. Please ensure any dinner money is sent into school in a sealed envelope with your child’s name and marked ‘Dinner Money’.
All children in EYFS and KS1 are entitled to a Universal free school meal and these can be ordered in the same way as above but no money needs to be included in the envelope.
Free school meals are available for families receiving income support. Application forms are available from the school office. There is also a cancellation service.  Parents need to cancel orders by 9am for a full refund service; should your child be absent from school, for whatever reason please call 0121 457 5455.

schoolmeals5Packed Lunches

Packed lunches must be brought into school in a lunch box, clearly labelled with your child’s name. Please provide your child with a soft drink in a plastic drinks container. Fizzy drinks and glass containers MUST NOT be brought into school. If you wish your child to have a yoghurt, please provide a spoon (our caterers only provide cutlery for those children having a school meal). Children should not bring chocolate bars to school but a small chocolate type buscuit is accetable. If your child likes their fruit cut up, please send it to school already cut, as we cannot allow knives to be brought into school.  A box is placed in reception for late lunch boxes to be dropped off.

Applying for Free School Meals

If you receive any of the following support payments, your child may be entitled to receive free school meals:

- Income Support  
- Income-based Jobseekers Allowance (NOT contribution based JSA)
- 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 with NO working tax credit and where the annual household income is less than £16190) £16,190)
- Working Tax Credit Run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
- Universal credit (when introduced in MK)
- Children who receive a qualifying benefit in their own right are also allowed to receive free school meals.

Children under the compulsory school age who are in full time education may also be entitled to receive free school meals.

A new Citizen Portal has been launched to help you find out if your child qualifies for free school meals. Please visit it to sign up, even if your child is in years EYFS, 1 or 2 and receiving universal free school meals, or if you have applied before and do not think you are eligible. In doing so, you will help us to find out whether we can claim Pupil Premium for your child. This is additional funding to spend on resources such as extra staff, books or school trips for eligible children.
The system is quick and simple to use and can be accessed via a smartphone or hand held device. If you qualify, you will receive a reference number that you simply bring in and show us at school to start receiving meals. Please register at:
https://emsonline.milton-keynes.gov.uk/CitizenPortal_LIVE
If you need help speak to the Office.

 

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