School Meals

Healthy nutrition is vital both to your child’s health and concentration at school. Nightingale offers a healthy range of food everyday. School dinners are cooked on site by our own kitchen staff and are prepared using all fresh ingredients. Children are encouraged to take up the offer of school meals as we see lunch time as an occasion for social interaction and helping children to develop a positive attitude to eating healthily. The lunch menu runs on a three week cycle.  There is a wide selection of salads available every day from the salad bar. 
 
Packed Lunches - What you need to know
 
Eating well is important. Children need to eat well as it will give them energy and nutrients to grow and develop, be healthy and active. A healthy, enjoyable lunch gives children the energy they need to learn and play at school.

We do recognise that it is your right as parents to choose packed lunch for your child if you so wish however, we have strict guidelines for packed lunches eaten both in school and on trips out of school.

No crisps, sweets or chocolate are allowed in packed lunches. No drink other than bottled water is allowed. 

Use the information in this leaflet to help make your child a healthier packed lunch.

Free School meals

Your child is eligible for free school meals if you currently claim Income Support, Income-Based Jobseeker’s Allowance or Child Tax Credit, and your annual income is no more than £13,910, and you do not claim Working Tax Credit, Guarantee element of State Pension or if you receive Support under part Vl of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.

To apply for free school meals click here.  Please ask us if you are not sure if your child is eligible.

Universal Free School Meals

From September 2014, all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are eligible to receive a Universal Infant Free School Meal.

Payment

The price of a school meal is £2 (this includes lunch and pudding).  School lunch monies must be paid a week in advance and online via ParentPay

Parents/carers have the option to pay fees a month, or term in advance to make this process easier, the office will be able to assist you in working out the figures for these payments.

Fee collection policy

The school has a very strict policy on fee collection and has recently introduced three stages of fee monitoring:

Stage 1 – Fees that have run into one week of arrears

A letter informing you of your outstanding balance and a deadline for payment will be sent home.

Stage 2 – Fees that have run into arrears of two weeks

A letter informing you of your outstanding balance and the schools intention to add 10% interest on the outstanding amount with a deadline for payment

Stage 3 – (FINAL STAGE) Fees that have run into arrears of three weeks

We are not prepared to let fees run into arrears of more than three weeks, this is not beneficial to either the school or parents/carers.  The final stage of our new policy will result in suspension of the service, pupils will need to bring in a packed lunch or organise home lunch until the arrears are cleared.

These procedures have not been put in place to make parents/carers life more difficult but to make you aware of our expectations and to improve the service we are able to provide.  We also understand that unavoidable circumstances may arise which leave families in difficult positions financially, you will need to arrange a meeting with the head so that this information is recorded and decisions can be taken to set in place a payment plan.