Dear Parents / Carers
Knowing that the school’s catering manager and her assistant were set to leave Court Moor School at the end of summer term, the Headteacher and I invited ourselves to Park Community School, located near Havant, to experience their culinary offering.
Park School had, a year or so ago, departed from the traditional catering manager led team and instead had employed professional chefs to reinvigorate the break time food service offered to students, staff and visitors. What we found and tasted was a gastronomic delight and we knew at once the way ahead for Court Moor.
I am pleased to report that we have advertised for and appointed a qualified and experienced Chef to start here from September and we are already salivating at the prospect of the dishes he is planning to make from fresh ingredients – you can view the new menus by clicking here.
Students may select from hot or cold snacks during 1st break, and from soup of the day, hot meals, hot or cold snacks and deserts for 2nd break. The food will be nutritious, tasty and well presented, and the range has been extended by teaming up with Park School’s suppliers. Vegetarian and food intolerances will be catered for, parents / carers should notify their child’s tutor of any special dietary requirements.
I hope you and your son / daughter will appreciate the changes we have made and that the students will take advantage of the variety of the wholesome foods available.
Students are issued with a cashless catering card for use in the canteen. Money can be added to the card either by paying online, periodic cheque payments or by sending in cash. Both cheques and cash must be clearly marked with the name and tutor group of the student and posted in the cashless catering payment box in Reception. Cash must be sealed in an envelope. The cashless catering system enables parents to set a daily spend limit for their child’s purchases at the canteen and to monitor what their children have bought at the canteen by requesting a report (termly, or as required).
Children may also bring packed food to school for eating at break times. Drinks should be in cartons or unbreakable containers. For safety reasons, cans and glass bottles are not allowed in school. Water is available from a dispenser in the small dining hall and students are encouraged to bring a plastic bottle to school in order that they may drink water throughout the day as well as at meal times.
Free school meals (FSM)
The school receives additional funding to support the education of your child if he/she is entitled to FSM (pupil premium). Please ensure, therefore, that if you are entitled to FSM you do notify the school, even if your child chooses to have a packed lunch as opposed to a meal provided by the school. Students whose parents are in receipt of one of the following benefits are entitled to free school meals:
- Income Support
- Income-based Job Seekers' Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- The Guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit, provided you are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit, and have an annual gross income, of no more than £16,190 as assessed by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs1
- Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
Children who receive IS or IBJSA in their own right are also entitled to receive free school meals. Students entitled to free school meals have £2.15 automatically credited to their cashless catering account each day. The cashless catering system ensures complete confidentiality.
To check eligibility for free school meals go to the Hampshire County Council website.
If you need help accessing this service, please contact Mrs Diane Rothwell via Reception.