At Blagdon Primary School we use Aspens Services Ltd to provide our school meal service. Aspens provides food which meets national Food Standards Criteria. All meals meet the government guidelines for a nutritionally balanced diet.
Universal Free School Meals are available to all children in Reception, KS1 (Year 1 and Year 2) meaning you won't have to pay a penny for a school meal! Please just make your meal choice on Select, Aspens meal booking system.
The cost of a school meal for KS2 children (Years 3, 4, 5 & 6) is £2.30 a day payable in advance on Select. Parents and children are encouraged to choose the meals they would like to order on a weekly basis. You can choose to have a packed lunch from home one day and a hot school meal the next - it is very flexible.
There is a choice of a hot school meal, which usually contains meat, a vegetarian option or a jacket potato. All meals are served with their choice of vegetables or salad and a piece of bread. Pudding is either a hot pudding, yoghurt or fruit salad and the children choose this when they get to the lunch hall. Jugs of water are on every table and all children are encouraged to drink, if they haven’t already helped themselves. Particularly in Key Stage 1, we ask that you encourage your child to try a variety of meals and vegetables or salad.
If your child has any special dietary requirements, please notify the School Office. Should you have concerns over what or how much your child is eating, please speak to their class teacher. Equally, if the lunchtime staff notice that a child isn’t eating much on a regular basis, we will let you know by email.
Alternatively, your child may wish to bring a packed lunch, which is eaten in the School Hall or outside in the warmer weather. Packed lunches should be in a secure, named container. No sweets are allowed – instead, we encourage lots of fruit or vegetables. Water is available to all children who choose a packed lunch. However, your child would like to bring their own drink in a non-breakable container please make sure it is clearly names and no fizzy drinks please.
Free School Meals
Free School Meals are also available to some older children according to family income. It is important to register for Free School Meals, whatever age your child is, even if they are entitled to Universal Free School Meals – this is because the School can gain additional funding (called Pupil Premium) which can be used to help your child in many different ways.
Children are entitled to Free School Meals if their parents, carers or guardians receive any of the following:
- income Support
- income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- the guaranteed element of Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
- Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
- Universal Credit with annual Take Home Pay/Net Earnings below £7,400 (which equals £616.67 per month) benefits not include