Universal Infant Free School Meals
Since September 2014, every child in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 is entitled to receive a free school lunch.
Pupil Premium Grant
You may be entitled to claim free school meals if you are claiming benefits such as Income Support, Job-seekers Allowance, Child Tax Credit or support from the National Asylum Support Service.
Schools receive £1,300 a year for every child who is entitled to claim free school meals. This money is spent directly on the child, providing one to one teaching, group support, help with funding for trips, access to out of school clubs etc. Even if your child chooses not to take the actual meals, the fact that they are registered means that they are still entitled to the funding.
If you think you may qualify, you can apply in confidence by collecting a form from the school office or online at www.richmond.gov.uk/free_school_meals.
Proof of benefit does not need to be supplied as the Council can check entitlement via a Government database.
Our school meals are provided by our caterers CaterLink. To book school meals, you will need to set up a ParentPay account to gain access to the school lunch online pre-ordering system. Once activated, it is really important meals are always ordered in advance. If your child is going to be absent from school, you have until 8am each day to log in to cancel and/or make any changes to your order. If you do not have an account, please contact the school office on 020 8977 4858 and ask for a 'ParentPay Activation Code'. Alternatively, you can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
When your child starts school, we ask that all children have a ParentPay account set up, even if you intend on providing a packed lunch from home. Then, if your child ever forgets to bring their lunch box to school or wishes to join in on a special theme day lunch such as Christmas Lunch Day, orders can be placed easily.
Please read the flyers below for information and the menu for this term.
If your child has an allergy or a medically-diagnosed special dietary requirement you will need to complete a Caterlink Special Diet/Allergy form before they can start having school meals.
You will be required to provide supporting medical evidence from your child's Doctor/Consultant and return both the form and medical letter to the school office. Upon receipt we will forward your special diet request to Caterlink for processing.
You will need to provide a packed lunch from home until Caterlink have created your child's special diet menu. Please note this may take a few weeks.