Howletch Lane Primary School

Howletch Lane Primary School

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School Meals

School meals are to be paid for, via ParentPay, for children in Key Stage 2, unless your child is entitled to Free School Meals. 

 

From April 2022 the price of a school meal will increase to £2.20 (£11 per week) in line with other schools in Durham County Council.   

 

Payment for school meals 

  • Payment needs to made in advance.  Parents are expected to pay on Monday each week or may pay for a half-term in advance if more convenient (except for children in receipt of free school meals or Reception, Y1 and Y2 pupils who receive a Universal Infant Free School Meal).  

  • We are not be able to accept cash as payment for school meals.  Parents may pay by ParentPay, either online with a debit or credit card, or with cash at a PayPoint using a Paypoint card. (If you require a Paypoint Card, please contact the school office).  A Paypoint card will be provided free of charge.  £3.50 will be charged for any subsequent replacement cards requested.   

  • If children are absent their dinner money is credited forward to the following week. 

  • For notification of a change of meal arrangements from packed lunch to school meal, or vice versa the appropriate 'Change of School Meal Pattern' form must be completed and submitted to the office prior to the start of the next term. This form can be located on the website under PARENTS > OFFICE or from the carousel located in the foyer next to the main entrance. Meal patterns cannot be changed during a term.  Changes will be implemented at the start of the next term. 

  • Once a commitment is made to a school meal, parents will be liable to pay until their child's pattern is amended to packed lunch at the beginning of the following term.

  • If a child forgets their packed lunch and is given a school meal, parents must pay for the meal on that day or following morning at the latest (except for children in receipt of free school meals or Reception, Y1 and Y2 pupils who receive a Universal Infant Free School Meal). 

  • If your child is collected for an appointment before lunch and you have not informed the school to cancel lunch that day, you will still be expected to pay for the lunch which has been ordered. 

 

 

 

Free School Meals 

 

Parents or carers who are in receipt of certain benefits may be entitled to free school meals.  To find out if you qualify for Free School Meals please complete a 'free school meals eligibility check' form which we will submit to the local authority.  As receipt of Pupil Premium Funding is based on eligibility for free school meals, all parents/carers are asked to complete this form which will allow the school to check their eligibility for free school meals on an annual basis.  The 'free school meals eligibility' form is included in the application pack given to all new entrants to the school. Further copies can be found on the website under PARENTS > OFFICE or from the carousel located in the foyer next to the main entrance.

 

Please be aware that all applications for free school meals are treated with the strictest confidence, in line with GDPR regulations. 

 

Universal Infant Free School Meals 

From September 2014, all pupils in Reception, Year 1 & 2 are entitled to a free of charge school meal, in line with the DfE initiative.  Pupils in Years 3 to 6, unless entitled to free school meals, will need to pay for dinners. 

 

Please remember to complete the appropriate form if you wish to change to a different lunch arrangement in future. 

 

Packed Lunches 

 

For the safety of pupils who have nut allergies, this school is a nut-free zone.  Please do not include any nuts or nut products in your child’s packed lunch. 

We do not allow fizzy or isotonic/high energy drinks as they are high in sugar. 

 

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