We have a ‘cafeteria system’ at Patcham. Lunches are provided by Eden and are cooked fresh each day on the premises. We have a healthy menu that provides a balanced diet and is also popular with the children. Meals can be ordered online using our ParentPay system.
Children may also bring packed lunches, which are kept outside their classrooms. We are a healthy school and believe that it is vital that children eat a healthy balanced meal at lunchtime to ensure they can concentrate and enjoy their learning. We therefore ask parents to support us in this by providing a healthy packed lunch: sweets and chocolate are not appropriate!
Please note we are a nut free school and appreciate your co-operation in maintaining this. We have children attending the school who have serious life-threatening allergies.
Parents can apply electronically for Free School Meals for their child/children.
It is estimated that around 20% of students that are entitled to Free School Meals do not take them. In some communities this can be much higher. There may be many different reasons for that, but it is thought a large proportion of those could be down to a supposed stigma. At Patcham Junior School, children eligible for free school meals choose their meals daily and hand in a film canister just like all the other children so there is no way to tell the difference.
They would also be eligible to some free clubs and subsidies and reductions for school trips.
To find out more or to fill out the application form on-line click here.
To get a paper copy to fill out, please contact the school office here.
Children whose parents or guardians receive one of the following benefits will be entitled to receive free school meals:
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
- Income-related employment and support allowance (this benefit was introduced 27 October 2008)
- support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- Child Tax Credit (provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit) and have an annual income that does not exceed £16 190 (as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs). Note – from 1 May 2009 where a parent is entitled to Working Tax Credit during the four-week period immediately after their employment ceases, or after they start to work less than 16 hours per week, their children are entitled to free school lunches.
- the Guarantee element of State Pension Credit