School Meals and Packed Lunches
School meals are provided by ISS. The cost of school dinners is £2.00 per day, £10.00 per week. Payments should be made in advance. All school dinner money needs to be paid online. Please click on the link below to create or access your account.
If you have no access to online payments, or for any other issues or queries regarding school meals, please contact ISS on 08445 835754. Please note that this number is charged at the usual local rate.
If you believe your child is entitled to free school meals, please contact the London Borough of Redbridge for further details. You can apply online at www.redbridge.gov.uk or visit the One Stop Shop in Lynton House, 255-259 High Road, Ilford, Essex, IG1 1NN.
Apply for Free School Meals
To apply for Free School Meals, click on the link below.
Please come into school if you would like to discuss your application or need help with the form and one of our team will assist you.
Since 6 April 2010, the income 'threshold', which forms part of the 'Tax Credit' free school meal eligibility category has been changed to £16,190. Children whose parents receive the following support payments are entitled to receive free school meals:
- Income Support (IS)
- Income Based Jobseekers Allowance (IBJSA)
- An income-related employment and support allowance
- The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit.
- Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999; or
- Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs) that as of 6 April 2010 does not exceed £16,190
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.
Healthy Eating: Small Changes can make a Big Difference!
Although we have seen a big improvement in the lunches many children are bringing into school, there are always ways we can improve our children’s diets and help them to lead healthier lives. Here are some simple ideas to get you started:
1. Make one change at a time.
2. Always include a starchy food such as bread, pasta or rice, in each meal.
3. Peel or chop fruit and vegetables and put them in a small pot or bag to increase the chances of your child eating them.
4. If your child likes sweet foods, swap a chocolate bar for raisins or grapes. If they prefer savoury foods, swap the crisps and give them crunchy carrot sticks or plain popcorn.
5. Swap sugary squash and juice drinks for water or milk. Do not send juice into school with your child’s packed lunch – water only!
6. Swap processed cheese for real cheeses like Edam or cheddar.
Top Tips for Healthy Lunch Boxes
Check out these top tips for an easier and healthier lunchbox life:
1. Keep a selection of breads in the freezer for sandwiches and defrost them when needed.
2. Cook extra pasta, rice or potatoes, when preparing your evening meal, to make into an effortless and tasty salad for lunch the next day.
3. Prepare carrot, cucumber or celery sticks the night before while cooking dinner, to save on washing-up and time.
4. Set a good example at home by showing the children you enjoy the healthy foods you are providing in their lunchbox.
5. Enough plain popcorn can be made easily and quickly in the microwave for several days, to save precious time.
For health and safety reasons, glass items, fizzy drinks or products which contain nuts are NOT allowed. Lunch boxes should not contain sweets, chocolate, cake or crisps.