From September 2017 we have changed the way in which we accept bookings for ALL school meals, whether paid for or free. Parents/Carers are strongly encouraged to register with https://www.scopay.com/longfurlongpri (an individual link code will be provided) and book online. Please bear in mind that this can’t be done on the day a meal is required; meals MUST be booked at least one day before required. Payment can be made online through the same system via credit or debit card; again, we encourage you to do so wherever possible, but cash or cheque can still be paid via the school office.
We appreciate that some parents/carers are unable to use online systems, for a variety of reasons. Office staff are happy to help guide you through the process, and help guides can be found below, along with Frequently Asked Questions. If you are unable to book online, please speak to a member of office staff, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
All our school dinners are prepared on site in the school kitchen using ingredients sourced locally wherever possible; all meat is supplied by Hedges in Abingdon. Our cooks provide two hot main courses, salads, and a dessert, or there is a school packed lunch option. Meals are prepared to provide a healthy diet, and meet the required School Food Standards. Vegetarian and other dietary or cultural requirements can be met – please discuss with the school office staff.
The cost per day for a school dinner for children in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 is £2.20. Children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are entitled to FREE school meals (we encourage them to have a hot meal, but a school packed lunch is also available). Free school meals will still need to ordered in advance.
Parents/carers who are in receipt of certain benefits may be eligible to claim free school dinners; all enquiries are dealt with in total confidence. If your child is eligible the school receives an annual sum of money from the Government which is intended to help children from lower income families to achieve the very best they can; examples of how the money is spent by the school are:
- Activities in school to support your child’s learning, confidence, self-esteem or social/emotional skills
- Payment for school uniform, or other essential equipment
- Payment for educational activities such as residential trips, class trips, after-school clubs
- Children in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 who are eligible for Pupil Premium also receive free school meals (children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 all get free school meals anyway). If you register, your child does not have to have a free school meal if he/she doesn’t want one.
How to apply
First, check if you qualify – it is not just if you are unemployed, so please look at the list below. If you think you qualify, complete the form below. If you need any help, just ask at the school office. You do not need to send any evidence of your qualifying benefits with the application. The form should be returned to the school office. Please be assured that your application and all the information is private; your child will not be told about it. It will not affect any other benefits you are claiming. If you have any queries at all about claiming, please do not hesitate to contact school office staff. We appreciate it can sometimes be difficult to talk in private; please indicate if you wish to do so, or email/phone.
You can apply for Pupil Premium/Free School Meals if you receive any of these benefits:
- Income Support
- Income Based Job Seekers Allowance
- Income related Employment and Support Allowance
- Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- Guaranteed element State Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit without Working Tax Credit, and an annual household income of less than £16,190
- 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
Please ensure that you have either ordered dinners at the beginning of the week or provided your child with a packed lunch from home. If dinners have not been ordered and a child does not have a packed lunch, we may telephone his or her parents and ask them to bring a lunch in. We never assume that your child will be having the same meal pattern, so it is important that you include this information with every payment.
If you have any queries about administration of school meals, please contact the school office.
Children may bring a snack to eat at playtime; however, we ask that this is a healthy snack e.g. fruit, raisins, breakfast bar etc. We take part in the Government’s free fruit and vegetable scheme and pupils in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 will be offered a free piece of fruit/veg each day. We also run a Snack Bar during the morning break where pupils may buy healthy snacks or drinks.