Changes to school dinner arrangements from January 2015:
The government allows us to restrict dining on the premises to school dinners and from January 1st 2015 new food standards for school food came into force. We have reviewed all menus in the light of the new more stringent nutritional standards.
Bread now has to be served as an accompaniment to all meals so we will have adjusted the ‘light’ option accordingly. There will always be a meat or fish main, a vegetarian main and accompanying vegetables. Then there will always be a jacket potato offered with tuna, or coleslaw or baked bean topping. The salad cart will also be offered. Desserts will always offer fresh fruit whole or in a salad and one other. A full menu can be viewed here.
The government funds all school dinners for Reception, Years 1 and 2. Children in other year groups are still charged. The subsidy and new cost of meals is £2.30 per meal. Parents are requested to pay for these weekly, monthly or at the beginning of each term. Parents should pay for school dinners at the school office.
Please note that no packed lunches are allowed on the premises and all children either register for meals or are able to go home for lunch.
Please note that as a Jewish school, the Simon Marks Jewish Primary School kitchen is a kosher one. All ingredients are purchased from kosher suppliers and/or approved under the United Synagogue kashrut guide.
School dinners are served in the dining area.
Pupils in nursery and Key Stage 1 receive fresh fruit in the morning break; others may bring fruit snacks and water for playtime. Parents are invited to sign up to the school milk scheme.
Free school meals may be available for children in Reception and upwards whose parents are receiving:
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- The Guarantee element of State Pension CreditC
- hild Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax
- Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by HM Revenue & Customs) that does not exceed £16,190.00
- Working Tax Credit ‘run-on’ – the payment someone may receive for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
If you would like to discuss free school meals, or any other aspect of school meals, please contact the School Business Manager, Ms Goldman, in strict confidence.