All children in Reception, Year One and Year Two at Warden Hill Infant School are entitled to receive free school lunches under the Government Universal Infant Free School Meal provision. We encourage all children to have a hot school meal.
We believe that the best option for children at lunchtime is to have the hot school dinner provided through our partnership with Caterlink. We expect that parents and carers will take up the option of the Universal Infant Free School Meal for their children. This is because we believe that the hot school dinner option is much better for the children’s learning and health. We recognise the evidence that states:
- Children are better prepared for learning if they eat well
- Children make more progress if they have eaten the right nutritional lunch
- Only 1% of packed lunches provide the correct nutrition
- Eating hot dinners is an important social occasion and the children learn vital social skills
Most children have a hot school meal, prepared from fresh ingredients daily by cooks, in the school kitchen. We encourage all children to have a hot school meal. Daily meal options include:
- Meat or fish
- Vegetarian choice
- Halal choice
- Jacket Potato with a choice of fillings
- Freshly baked bread
- Salad bar
- Dessert and/or fresh fruit
Caterlink provide all the nutrients that children require through the week. They produce a menu that has a three-weekly cycle.
Take a look at our current menu!
Children can take any meal for any number of days with no pre-booking or notice period. Mix and match hot school meals and packed lunches to suit your child’s food tastes.
Free School Meals and Pupil Premium
From September 2014, all infants in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are entitled to Free School Meals regardless of the parent or carer’s circumstances. You may have heard this scheme referred to Universal Infant Free School Meals.
However, if you think you might be eligible under the standard benefit criteria we strongly suggest that you apply for Free School Meals anyway.
What is Pupil Premium?
The government will continue to provide schools with additional funding to support or enhance the learning of pupils who are currently or have been entitiled to Free School Meals under the standard ‘benefit criteria’ within the last six years. It is essential that the parent or carer applies, even if the pupil does not wish to recieve a free school meal. The additional funding received through the Pupil Premium grant can help fund valuable support including extra tuition, additional support staff or providing school activities.
If you think you meet the qualifying critreria or are unsure you can complete an online claim form by visiting the Luton Borough Council Free School Meals webpage.
If you are unable to complete the online form please contact the school office and we can provide you with a Pupil Premium claim form.