September 2020 Arrangements

Part 5 Lunchtime arrangements

We can't wait to welcome all the children to school in September!

However - let's start by being completely clear - COVID-19 has not yet gone away.

Whilst welcoming all children back this autumn, we will also be asked to minimise the number of contacts that a child has during the school day as part of implementing the system of controls outlined by risk assessment to reduce the risk of transmission. All elements of the system of controls are essential.

The overarching principle we are having to apply is to reduce the number of contacts between children and staff. We will achieve this through keeping phase or year groups separate (in ‘bubbles’) and through maintaining distance between individuals. These are not alternative options and both measures will help, but the balance between them will change depending on:

  • children’s ability to distance from others.
  • the lay out of the school and the movement needed.
  • the feasibility of keeping distinct groups separate while offering a broad curriculum and a near normal school experience.
  • the necessity for enhanced hygiene measures.

It is likely that for younger children the emphasis will be on separating groups, and for older children it will be on distancing. For children old enough, we will also be supporting them to maintain distance and not touch staff where possible.

We will review procedures at half term - but for now, this is how lunchtimes will need to run.

Can you imagine how difficult it is going to be to get nearly 400 children through the lunch system every day? We need to manage the hygiene, distribution, social distancing and free time of each yeargroup bubble within a set period of time. Obviously, normal procedures aren't going to work, so for the moment we will be running staggered and extended lunch times as well as simplifying the food options.

Where are the children going to eat?

All of the children are going to eat in the large hall but not all at once. Different bubbles will use different entrances to the hall and tables will be more spread out and cleaned down more often than usual.

What are the children going to eat?

We have reviewed our provision and decided that from 28th September we will be moving away from the grab bags and providing the children with a hot meal instead. The price will be the same and you will be able to book it in the same way. The meal is a one choice menu. If your child has dietary requirements that will not be catered for within the menu below, please get in touch with us as soon as possible.
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Home provided packed lunches

We understand that some children would prefer their own food so that's fine with us.

If you send your child with a packed lunch, please remember the following:

  • No nuts whatsoever.
  • No sweets
  • No fizzy drinks
  • No bars of chocolate
  • If your child has a component that requires cutlery such as yogurt or pasta, please supply a spoon or fork.
  • Please remember to name packed lunch boxes / bags so that there is no chance of children eating / touching the wrong lunch. You wouldn't believe how many children have the same Hello Kitty, Football Club or Batman packed lunch bags!

How will I order a meal? Please read this carefully - this has changed and if you miss it, your child won't receive a lunch.

Bookings are all done by you through your Parent Pay account. However, in order to completely eradicate the need for debt recovery, you can no longer book a meal without payment.

The platform will be opened up after 12 noon on Monday 7th September.

You can book and pay for a day, a week at a time or for the whole half term. However - if you wish to book ahead, please remember that all meals have to be paid for for within two hours of booking them, otherwise the booking is failed and you will receive a message from the parent pay system to tell you that you will need to rebook.

Very important information - even if your child is a Universal or Additional Free School Meal receiver, you still need to book the meal on Parent Pay. Obviously you will not need to pay, but the booking needs to be made by you, or your child will not receive a lunch.

Paid for and Universal Free School Meals

A meal costs £2:30 if you are a paying customer. This is a considerable saving of 20p per meal from last year.

Universal free school meals for infants

If your child is in reception, year one or year two they are automatically entitled to a free school meal.

Additional Free School Meal Status

Qualifying for free school meals

To qualify for free school meals you must fulfil one of the following criteria:

  • Universal Credit, provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400, as assessed by earnings from up to three of your most recent assessment periods (£616.67 per month);
  • Income Support;
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance;
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance;
  • Support under part six of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999;
  • The guarantee element of Pension Credit;
  • Child Tax Credit, provided you are also not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual household gross income that does not exceed £16,190 (as assessed by HMRC); or
  • Working Tax Credit run-on, paid for four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit.

Please note that contributions-based benefits, including contribution-related Jobseekers' Allowance do not entitle you to claim free school meals.

Apply for free school meals

If you meet the criteria, apply by using the application form (docx / 147 KB).

Applications are usually processed within five working days. You will be notified in writing, either by post or email, if your child is entitled and we will also let the school know. You should continue to pay until confirmation comes through.

Free school meals claims cannot be backdated. They are awarded from the date we receive the application, once eligibility is confirmed. This is because there is a legal requirement for a request to be made, before a free school meal can be provided.

If you are not entitled to free school meals, you will be notified in writing.

Even if your child is currently in FS, Y1 or Y2 and gets Universal Free meals please read this carefully

If you think that you meet the criteria for additional (traditional) free school meals - please register anyway because the school receives extra 'Pupil Premium' funding when you register.

What time will my child get to eat?

Eating times have to be staggered and we have spaced them out in line with the start and end times of the day. Don't worry - we can accomodate a little overlap - children won't be expected to eat too quickly and they won't be ushered out until they have finished.

We may utilise some of the other rooms in school if we find the timings aren't long enough.

11:45 - EY/Y1

12:00 - Y2

12:15 - Y4

12:30 - Y3

12:45 - Y5/6

Each year group will have an extended playtime in their own play space after their lunch. We are greatly blessed by having lots of outdoor spaces to use.


These arrangements follow current guidance and risk assessment. They may have to change according to unforeseen National and Local events or official instructions. We will endeavour to inform you as soon as possible if things change.
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