Dear Parents / Carers
Welcome to the new Year 7 students, and welcome back to the other year groups after a lengthy absence from school. As you will know, we have divided the school into year group bubbles as we plan to minimise any Covid infection across year groups. Each bubble has been allocated its own food purchase point, so in many respects it is business as usual as far as the catering team are concerned.
However, the school has decided to suspend the traditional hot main meal at second break during these Covid times primarily because of the difficulty we would have serving a main hot dish from all five food outlets, but by replacing this with nutritious “grab and go” hot snacks, we can still offer hot food to all students, and there is a variety of cold sandwiches, snacks and drinks on offer.
Chef and his team are able to offer two or more choices of hot snacks at every break so there should be something for everyone – you can view the new menus by clicking here, and the price list by clicking here.
Vegetarian and food intolerances can be catered for, but please can parents / carers should notify their child’s tutor of any special dietary requirements.
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 £2.40 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.