School Meals - September 2020
For KS1 children school meals are free.
For KS2 children Catering Services have informed us that school dinners will be going up in September 2020 from £2.30 to £2.40 per meal. If you think you may be entitled to means tested free school meals please make an application online by going to Oldham council’s website and searching for free school meals application. Some families may have less income due to the corona virus or be out of work. Make sure you check your entitlement.
Payment for the week should be made on Monday.
Children who are absent should bring the money on their return - they will be credited for any meals paid for but not taken. Please send the correct amount in a sealed envelope bearing the child's name. Cheques made payable to OMBC St Agnes.
We are fortunate at St Agnes School to be able to offer midday meals cooked on the premises by our cook Mrs Langton. These meals are of a high standard and wide variety.
If you wish your child to change from school dinners to packed lunches, a letter giving two weeks notice should be sent to the Headteacher.
To view sample menus please click on the link Sample Menus.
The catering service has been awarded the Soil Association's Food for Life Catering Mark, the Marine Stewardship Council’s Chain of Custody Standard, and the Good Egg Award.
The Food for Life award provides an independent guarantee that what's on your menu is freshly prepared, free from undesirable additives and better for animal welfare.
The Chain of Custody standard acknowledges that fish is only purchased from suppliers who support and source from sustainable fish stocks.
The Good Egg Awards celebrate companies who are showing leadership by sourcing or switching to cage-free eggs (barn, free-range or organic eggs).
Changes to free school meal eligibility under Universal Credit - April 2018
The eligibility criteria for free school meals have been changed.
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.
If you have any medical information concerning your child's welfare that you feel is important for the school to know, please notify the school in writing. This includes any food allergies or food intolerances.
Although most children have school meals, sandwiches may be brought on request. If your child does bring a packed lunch could you ensure that it is in a sealed, plastic container with the child's name clearly marked. No hot drinks are permitted for safety reasons. Drinks should be in unbreakable containers.
At St Agnes we value the importance of a healthy lifestyle and encourage all the children to make healthy choices. We have noticed that some packed lunches and snacks are not as healthy as they could be and contain far too many processed foods or high calorie content.
Therefore following Government guidelines please see the below list of acceptable foods that can be put in your child’s lunchbox -
- One portion of fresh fruit and one portion of fresh vegetable or salad every day.
- Meat, fish or another source of non-dairy protein should be included every day. Non dairy sources of protein include lentils, kidney beans, chickpeas, hummus and falafel.
- An oily fish, such as salmon, should be included at least once every three weeks.
- A starchy food, such as bread or pasta, rice, couscous, noodles, potatoes or other cereals, should be included every day.
- A dairy food, such as semi-skimmed or skimmed milk, cheese, yoghurt, or fromage frais should be included every day.
- Fresh drinking water, fresh fruit juice or milk. No fizzy drinks or cordial.
- No crisps, chocolate, chocolate coated biscuits or sweets at all.
- Seeds, vegetables and fruit (with no added salt, sugar or fat).
- Savoury crackers or breadsticks.
- Any packaged snacks must be 100 calories or less and no more than 1 per day.
- 1 Cake or biscuit is allowed but these should be part of a balanced meal
- Meat products such as sausage rolls, individual pies, corned meat and sausages / chipolatas can be included occasionally.
Any items that are not following these guidelines will be removed from your child and returned at the end of the day.
All school dinners adhere to these guidelines and are planned by a dietician to offer children a healthy balanced daily meal. They follow strict guidelines and salt is not used in any of the preparation or cooking of the foods and sugar is kept to a minimum.
For further ideas about what to include in our child's packed lunch please visit the goverment website below.
For a printable version of this list please click on the document below.
|Packed lunch Guidelines||[pdf 157KB]|
Break Time Snacks
Healthy snacks can be brought into school by all our children to eat at break times.
Classes 3 and 4 are allowed snacks at morning break, a tuck shop is operated by two Year 6 pupils:
Apple or orange juice - 35p
Toast is served once a week 20p
Bread sticks 10p for three
Buttered cracker 10p for two
Fresh fruit pots 20p
Classes 1 and 2 are allowed snacks at afternoon break which are brought from home, please ensure that all snacks you provide for your child are healthy.
Fruit and Milk Scheme
Milk is available daily for Infant children in Classes 1 and 2, free of charge. Please let us know if your child will not require it.
At present all children in the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 receive a piece of fruit on a daily basis. This is part of the National Fruit Scheme and is free of charge.