School Lunches - Chartwells
Our school lunch provider is Chartwells and they have a dedicated and passionate kitchen team on site who cook and prepare all the lunch meals, from fresh every day. If you would like your child to have a school meal you will need to ensure that you book their meal selection by 9am the Friday before their meal is due. This should be done through their online Parentpay account.
Foundation, Year 1 and Year 2
All children in Foundation and Years 1 and 2 are entitled to Universal Infant Free School Meals. If you would like to take advantage of these free meals (a sandwich option is also available daily) then please select your menu choices through your child’s Parentpay account or complete a lunch order form and return it to the School Office. All lunch orders should be made by 9am on the Friday before the lunches are required.
Year 3 to 4
The children in Years 3 to 6 are not automatically entitled to Free School Meals, though some qualify for means-tested Free School Meals. There is information about this in a section below. If your child qualifies for Free School Meals and the school has received confirmation of this, you can order their meals either through their Parentpay account or by completing a lunch order form and returning to the School Office.
If your child does not qualify for Free School Meals and you want them to have a school meal, the cost is £2.30 per day. The process for ordering is the same as outlined above. You can pay via Parentpay or via cheque. Cheques should be made out to ‘Chartwells’.
Parents are also welcome to send their children in to school with a packed lunch. Due to a number of children who have very serious allergies, please avoid nuts and strawberries in packed lunches.
Free School Meals/Pupil Premium
In addition to the Universal Infant Free School Meals initiative, the Government operates a free school meal system to support children from lower income families. Pupil Premium is a funding scheme which allows schools to access additional funding linked to the number of children claiming free school meals (FSM). Please see the qualifying criteria below.
It is, therefore, vital that parents who qualify for FSM apply even if they do not wish to take up the offer of a free school meal.
Qualifying Criteria for FSM
- Income Support
- Employment & Support Allowance – Income related
- Income Based Job Seekers Allowance (NOT Contribution Based JSA)
- Child Tax Credit only (with a combined family income of less than £16,190 per annum as assessed by HM Revenues & Customs) Please note, anyone receiving Working Tax Credit, regardless of income, will NOT qualify for FSMs.
- Working Tax Credit run-on - paid 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
- Universal Credit
- National Asylum Seekers Support (NASS)
- Guaranteed Element of Pension Tax Credit
How do I apply?
You can register and find out if your child is eligible by visiting the Milton Keynes Citizen Portal via this link:
The system is quick and simple to use and can be accessed via a smartphone or hand held device. If you qualify you will need to show the School Office the Application Summary either on your smartphone or print a copy.
Please register with the portal, even if you have applied and been unsuccessful in the past. Milton Keynes Council will then have your contact details and can inform you straight away if your eligibility changes.
To further support parents on low incomes, we would like to offer free school uniform items (2 polo shirts and 1 sweatshirt/cardigan) to all children who qualify for FSM (but not UIFSM).