Lunches and Free School Meals
At Fishponds Church of England Academy, we believe in healthy eating.
All our children up to and including Year 2 receive fresh fruit or vegetables every day at snack time free of charge. Children from Year 3 onward are asked to bring fruit or vegetables to school for snack time.
We encourage children to drink water throughout the day. Children should bring a water bottle to school, this can be refilled throughout the day.
Our school lunches are provided by Sodexo, they provide a range of freshly cooked, delicious meals that will encourage your child to try something new as well as some school lunch classics. The menu changes twice a year.
The school dinner menu has also been changed extensively to reduce the amount of fat and salt in the meals and to increase the range of fresh fruit and vegetables on offer.
Currently school lunches are £2.30 per day. These must be paid for in advance. The easiest way to do this is via the School Gateway app which can be downloaded from your app store or directly from School Gateway. Alternatively you can pay at the school office by cash or cheque.
Children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are provided with a free school lunch through the national universal free meals scheme.
However, if your child is eligible for 'free school meals' because of your income or status, PLEASE apply for it, as it will help the school with extra funding and will ensure free meals continue for your child when they reach Year 3 and beyond.
We actively encourage children and parents to have healthy choices in mind when preparing their own packed lunches each day.
Please avoid fizzy drinks and chocolate bars, and pack some fruit each day. Always put your child’s name on their lunch pack and drink as they can get mixed up if boxes look the same.
Free School Meals
Please help us! If you think you may be eligible for free school meals then please do make an application, even if your child prefers a packed lunch, or if they already receive a free meal in Reception or years 1 and 2 under the Universal Free Meals scheme.
The government allocates school funding based on the number of children who receive free school meals. Last year, a third of eligible families from our school did not apply, meaning the school did not receive tens of thousands of pounds which could have been used to fund an extra teacher, to reduce the cost of school activities and trips, for additional teaching assistants, providing additional support for children who have fallen behind, free breakfast club places… the list goes on.
Children are eligible to receive free school meals if their parents are in receipt of any of the following benefits:
- Income Support
- Income-based Job Seekers' Allowance
- 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, provided they are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190, as assessed by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs.
This criteria is updated from time to time: the latest criteria can be found online at the free school meal website.
To apply and help us only takes a few minutes. The easiest way is online at http://efsm.bristol.gov.uk
You won’t need any documentation for this and the system tells you immediately whether or not you are eligible for free school meals.
Mrs Hyde in the school office can help you with the online application if you would like her to.
You can also fill out a paper form which you can pick up from the school office and send to the free school meals office with your evidence of benefits if you prefer – however online is easier!