School Meals

School Meals

There are delicious hot meals provided by our own school cook from Monday to Friday; Key Stage 1 children are entitled to a free hot school meal. An example of our school menu is available below.

The Government is giving money to schools to help children from lower income families do their very best. This funding is called a ‘Pupil Premium’. For every child registered Exford First School gets £1320 (academic year 2018/19). With this money we could fund extra clubs and provide additional literacy and numeracy support for children, as well as being able to purchase extra resources.

How does it work?
1. First check if you qualify – it is not just if you are unemployed, so please look at the list below.
2. Registering is really easy and quick – if you think you qualify, please contact the Admissions and Entitlements Team, County Hall, Taunton TA1 4DY.
3. If you want your child to have a free, healthy meal at lunchtime that’s great – they will get the free school meal, extra benefits and the school gets £1320 extra.
4. If you don’t want your child to have the school meals they can continue as normal – as long
as you qualify and are registered, the school still gets £1320 extra.
No one will know you have registered and it will not affect any other benefits you are claiming.
Please register as soon as possible to make sure your child and others in their class don’t miss out.

Do you qualify?
You can register your child for Free School Meals if you get any of these benefits:

  • Income Support (IS)
  • Employment Support Allowance (Income Related) – not Contribution related
  • Income – based Job Seekers Allowance (IBJSB) – not Contribution based
  • Guaranteed Element of State Pension Credit
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Child Tax Credit with an annual taxable income (as assessed by HMRC) of less than £16,190.

More information here

School meals are cooked on the premises and are available to all children.
Children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are entitled to a free meal under the Universal Infant Free School Meal scheme. Meals for children in Year 3 and Year 4 currently cost £2.30 each. Meals for Little Berries Pre-School children currently cost £2.00 each.

All our meals are cooked daily, on site, using the freshest ingredients. Where possible we support local businesses to provide our raw ingredients.  A local family butchers supplies our meat and a local greengrocer, who supports local farms, supplies our fresh fruit and vegetables

We are extremely proud of the quality of meals available at school and of the consistently high hygiene rating we are awarded.
The standards found on our last inspection:

Hygienic food handling - Good

Cleanliness and condition of facilities and building - Good

Management of food safety - Very good

Details of our last inspection can be found here: Food Standards Agency Website

Our allergen information is available on request via the school office.

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