The Price of school meals is £2.10 per day for KS2 children and for KS1 children school meals are free. Payment for the week should be made on Monday. Please note that cheques are preferable and are to be made payable to Oldham MBC. Please would you also send your cheque/money in an envelope clearly marked with your son/daughter’s name and class.
If your child has any credits due to sickness, holidays etc. Please remember to deduct them from the amount due.
Please click on the links below to download sample Menus.
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Free School Meals KS1 Children
Reception, Year 1 and Year 2
All state funded infant school children receive a free school lunch.
If you do not want to accept this new provision, please contact the School Office to opt out of the scheme.
If you have a child in KS1 and were previously eligible for a Free School Meal, please could you still apply for this as it makes a valuable contribution towards school funding.
To access Oldham Council Free School Meals Information, please click on the picture link.
Changes to free school meal eligibility under Universal Credit - April 2018
What are the new eligibility criteria?
Children are entitled to receive free school meals if they or their parents or guardians receive any of the benefits below.
• Universal Credit, provided they have an annual net earned income not exceeding £7,400 (£616.67 per month)
• Income Support
• Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
• Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
• Support under Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
• The guarantee element of Pension Credit
• Child Tax Credit, provided they are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190, as assessed by HMRC
• Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
I don’t currently claim free school meals – what does this mean for me?
If you think you might be eligible for free school meals, submit a claim to your school or local authority. Your school should have a form you can use. The information you provide will be used to check if you are in receipt of a qualifying benefit and, if you are on Universal Credit, that your earnings do not exceed the threshold. If you claim Universal Credit, your earnings will be assessed from up to three of your last Universal Credit assessment periods.
If you are eligible, your school will be notified. Your child will receive free school meals and the school will receive extra funding.
I am currently claiming free school meals – what does this mean for me?
Most people won’t be affected by the new criteria. If you’re currently claiming free school meals, but don’t’ meet the new criteria, your child will continue to receive free school meals until the end of the Universal Credit rollout period. This will apply even if your earnings rise above the new threshold or if you stop being entitled to Universal Credit. The rollout period is currently scheduled to end in March 2022.
Once Universal Credit is fully rolled out, your child will keep their free school meal until the end of their current phase of education, i.e. primary or secondary.
Where can I get more information?
If you need any further information, please speak to a member of school staff or the local authority. You can also visit the free school meal website by clicking on the picture link.
Healthy Packed Lunch Guidelines
As we have Healthy School Status we would ask parent to use these guideline for the children's packed lunches.
At least one portion of fruit and one portion of vegetables every day
Meat, fish or other source of non-dairy protein (eg lentils, kidney beans, chickpeas, hummus, and falafel) every day.
Oily fish, such as salmon, at least once every three weeks.
A starchy food such as any type of bread, pasta, rice, couscous, noodles, potatoes or other type of cereals every day.
Dairy food such as milk, cheese, yoghurt, fromage frais or custard everyday.
Only water, still or sparkling, fruit juice, semi-skimmed or skimmed milk, yoghurt or milk drinks and smoothies.
Packed lunches should have limited items such as:
Crisps - Instead, include seeds, vegetables and fruit (with no added salt, sugar or fat). Savoury crackers or breadsticks served with fruit, vegetables or diary food are also a good choice.
Confectionary such as chocolate bars, chocolate-coated biscuits and sweets are not encouraged at school. Please only allow your child to eat cakes and biscuits as part of a balanced meal.
Meat products such as sausage rolls, individual pies, corned meat and sausages/chipolatas should only be included occasionally.
At break we encourage healthy snacks. As part of the National Fruit and Milk Scheme all infant children receive a piece of fruit and drink of milk each day. Children have access to water in their classrooms throughout the day.