Limited School Lunch Menu – Tuesday 6th March

Dear Parents and Carers

There will be a limited menu available tomorrow (Tuesday 6th March).

Breakfast Club will not be serving any cereal tomorrow, only toast.

The lunchtime menu will be either cheese pasty or sausage with a choice of baked beans, peas or boiled potatoes.

Yours sincerely,

Richard Cook – Head Teacher

Entitlement to Free School Meals

free school meals

A message from CCBC-

Many children within Caerphilly CBC are already eating free school meals, but there are some who are not, even though their parents/carers may be eligible. The concern is that children may be missing out on this important benefit to which they are entitled. Additionally, the number of free school meal claimants is a factor in reporting school performance and is also used by Welsh Government to determine levels of funding for schools and the Council.

Parents who pay for their child to have school meals could save around £580 per year if they qualify for free school meals.

A child may be entitled to receive free school meals if their parent/carer is entitled to receive one of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Income Based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and their annual income does not exceed £16,190
  • Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Working Tax Credit ‘run-on’ – the payment someone may receive for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit.

Accessing free school meals also allows them to receive a one-off clothing grant of £105 when the child is moving from primary school to their first year of secondary school.

Even if their child currently takes a packed lunch to school they will still save money and also time; it has been estimated that they could save up to 190 hours a year, which is the time needed to make packed lunches that meet the nutritional standards of school meals – that’s just over a week!

In addition schools receive £1150 additional funding for every child registered for Free School Meals.  This funding must be directly targeted at Free School Meal pupils.

Parents and carers are asked to make a claim if they believe that they may be entitled to free school meals for their children and do not already do so. Our catering team provides an excellent range of healthy lunch options that are enjoyed daily by a significant number of our pupils. Their child may well be able to access these free of charge.

To make sure that their child does not miss out they can claim online at www.caerphilly.gov.uk or get advice by contacting Catering Services on 01443 864055 (or email catering@caerphilly.gov.uk).

School Lunches

Caerphilly County Borough Council has asked us to remind you that school meals should be paid for in advance.  Your co-operation in sending the money on the correct day would be appreciated.  If you wish to pay in advance half-termly that is acceptable.  For those parents who like to pay for school dinners per half-term the cost to the end of this half-term is £72.20, cheques are the preferred method of payment and should be made payable to Caerphilly County Borough Council please (£1.90 per day or £9.50 per week).

All payments must be sent to school in an envelope with your child’s name clearly marked and the amount enclosed.  This applies to both lunch monies for Caerphilly County Borough Council and payments to the school for school trips, clubs, etc.  All monies to be paid into Mrs Luff the School Clerk.  Thank you.

Free School Meals Entitlement

Your child may be entitled to receive free school meals if you are entitled to receive one of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Income Based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and their annual income does not exceed £16,190
  • Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Working Tax Credit ‘run-on’ – the payment someone may receive for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit.

If you pay for your child to have school meals you could save around £580 per year if your child qualifies for free school meals.

If you access free school meals you will also be entitled to a one-off clothing grant of £105 for your child when they are moving from primary school to their first year of secondary school.

Our school will also receive additional funding for every child registered for Free School Meals.  This funding must be directly targeted at Free School Meal pupils.  This year we have used that additional funding for additional interventions in literacy and numeracy.

If you wish to make enquiries, please complete the online form at http://www.caerphilly.gov.uk or if you are not sure, please contact Catering Services on  01443 864055 (or email catering@caerphilly.gov.uk). A member of the team will be able to advise you.

Parents/carers should be aware that children who receive free school meals are not singled out. The school is very careful to ensure that only appropriate staff are aware of the children who receive free school meals.  This information is not shared with anyone else.

Free School Meals Entitlement

Your child may be entitled to receive free school meals if you are entitled to receive one of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Income Based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and their annual income does not exceed £16,190
  • Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Working Tax Credit ‘run-on’ – the payment someone may receive for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit.

If you pay for your child to have school meals you could save around £580 per year if your child qualifies for free school meals.

If you access free school meals you will also be entitled to a one-off clothing grant of £105 for your child when they are moving from primary school to their first year of secondary school.

Our school will also receive additional funding for every child registered for Free School Meals.  This funding must be directly targeted at Free School Meal pupils.  This year we have used that additional funding for additional interventions in literacy and numeracy.

If you wish to make enquiries, please complete the online form at http://www.caerphilly.gov.uk or if you are not sure, please contact Catering Services on  01443 864055 (or email catering@caerphilly.gov.uk). A member of the team will be able to advise you.

Parents/carers should be aware that children who receive free school meals are not singled out. The school is very careful to ensure that only appropriate staff are aware of the children who receive free school meals.  This information is not shared with anyone else.

Breakfast Club

The school has recently been contacted by a parent who enquired the time in which the catchment bus service is due to arrive at school. Mrs Luff, our school clerk, has contacted the local authority and has been informed that the coach could arrive any time up to 8:50am.  Therefore, it is important for parents to be aware that should the coach arrive at this time, children will be too late for breakfast club which ends at 8:40am.  Should you have any further questions, please contact the LA transport team on 01495 235480.