School dinners are a popular choice with many children at St Teresa’s. The majority of pupils enjoying a hot, school dinner every day.
Universal Infant Free School Meals (UIFSM)
All children in Reception up to the end of Year 2 qualify for the government incentive Universal Infant Free School Meal (UIFSM). This means that all children in these year groups are entitled to have a school meal free of charge.
Traditionally children are able to choose from two dishes as well as having bread, salad and a tasty desert to follow their main meal. The menu designed by Chartwells Catering services, is tested by children in school before it is released, helping to ensure that children are being given what they like as well as trying some new dishes too. All of the meals are well balanced and plentiful. During the school year special ‘Taster Days’ take place where we invite parents to sample the food from our menu. However, during the COVID 19 pandemic, the kitchen are offering an alternative menu, due to children eating lunch in their classrooms. See the menu here Autumn School Menu with Dates
The cost of school meals will be £2.25 per day or £11.75 per week from September 2020, which represents extremely good value for money. Meals must be paid for weekly or termly in advance. As we are a cashless school, payments must be made via ParentPay – the school’s online payment system.
Pupils must commit to meals for at least a half term.
Your child may choose to have a meal every day each week or just on specific fixed days each week e.g. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. This is called a meal pattern. If you wish to change your child’s meal pattern, in the following term, please email firstname.lastname@example.org in the final week of the preceding term.
Free School Meals are available if you fulfill certain criteria. For eligibility criteria see: Further Information About Free School Meals.
Packed Lunch Meals
Some children choose to bring in a packed lunch from home. Children who have packed lunches eat their lunch at the same time as those children having a hot lunch. The school operates a nut-free policy and parents are asked to ensure that packed lunches are nut-free. We ask that parents only provide water to drink for children with packed lunches.