Free School Meals

At lunchtime, midday supervisors and P.E. staff supervise the children. These adults, due to their role, are very important members of staff: ensuring that lunch time is an enjoyable and safe experience,  and they encourage social skills and manners. 

School meals are freshly cooked on the premises by a company called Accent Catering. Hot meals (and packed lunches for trips) are provided for all children whose parents prefer this. All children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are entitled to Free School Meals but may have a packed lunch from home if preferred.  Some children/families may be entitled to Free School meals depending on their circumstances. Application forms are available from the school office or you can download a form by clicking on the link below. When completed you will need to return your form to the office and we will send them off for verification.

It is important to apply for this if you are eligible as not only will you benefit but the school will benefit financially as well.

You can find the Application form at the bottom of this page.

All dinner money should be sent to school on a Monday morning in a named envelope.  Dinner money will then be collected from the classroom – if your child is absent on that day, please deliver money to the main office as soon as your child returns to school.

If your child is going to be late due to a medical or dental appointment but will still require a lunch – please telephone the Academy or send a letter so that the dinner can be booked with the caterer.


A packed lunch may be brought, if you do not wish to purchase a hot meal for your child. This is eaten in the classroom.

Water is provided at lunchtime to accompany the children’s packed lunch.  Alternatively, you may send your child with a drink in a sealed carton or a flask.  We regret that flasks which need a cup, cans, bottles and fizzy drinks etc are not allowed. Children may bring a sports drinks bottle with water in it to drink during the day. This is stored in the classroom and must be named.

If your child has a yoghurt with their packed lunch please remember to provide a spoon.

We regret that once your child has made a choice of meal, i.e. hot lunch or packed lunch then they must take that particular meal for the complete half-term. This is helpful, not only from an administrative point of view, but also for the caterer when she orders the food for hot lunches.  Thank you for your co-operation.

Free School Meals for children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2

From September 2014 all pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 in state-funded schools
in England should be offered a free school meal (FSM). This includes academies, free
schools, pupil referral units and alternative provision as well as maintained schools.
Eligibility criteria for other groups
Existing entitlements to free school meals for disadvantaged pupils in nursery classes
and at key stages 2-4 will continue, based on the existing free school meals eligibility
criteria for those groups of pupils.

In England, children at key stages 2-4 in state-funded schools are entitled to receive FSM
if their parents or carers are in receipt of any of the following benefits:
• Income Support
• Income-based Jobseekers 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 they 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 Customs)
• Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working
Tax Credit
• During the initial roll out of the benefit, Universal Credit

The Children and Families Act does not change the current position for children who are
registered pupils in the nursery class of a maintained school, or in a maintained nursery
school. They will continue to receive a FSM if they meet the existing eligibility criteria and
they are in receipt of full-time education or education both before and after the lunch

Please call at Pixie Hollow (main office) if you wish to make any alterations to your child’s dinner arrangements.

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