Beaumont Primary School has been accredited with The Healthy Schools Standard and is in the process of introducing a Food Policy to promote a healthy lifestyle. We have launched a Lunchtime Charter through Recipe for Change to help preserve the valuable lunchtime social occasions and create a restaurant-style lunch experience for the school to help improve safety and behaviour as well as motivating children to sit and eat together. The Lunchtime Charter is based on the Beaumont Values: polite, kind, and hardworking; you can read more here.
Beaumont has its own kitchen and all meals are cooked on the premises daily. Children may choose either to have a school meal or a home packed lunch. The school meal provides a choice of a hot or cold menu, with salad bar.
If there is any reason why your child cannot eat a particular food, then a note to this effect should be sent to the school office and then your child will be offered an alternative choice.
From April 2018, the school caterers are Collegiate Trading Ltd ("CTL"). CTL is a separate trading company of The Collegiate Trust - a multi-academy trust whose schools include Riddlesdown Collegiate in Purley and Gossops Green and Waterfield Primary Schools in Crawley. CTL understands the importance of healthy eating from a young age, and so, work hard to educate their schools through their food, trained staff and school compliant menus. Alongside a 3 week menu cycle, CTL offer a packed lunch option with a choice of 3 different fillings daily together with fresh fruit, vegetables or a cheese portion. The children also have the option to add a yoghurt or hot dessert to their packed lunch. Pupils in Years 4-6 are also given the opportunity to visit the Snack Shack at morning break where they can purchase small snack items to help see them through to lunchtime.
PAYMENT FOR SCHOOL MEALS
We offer parents/ guardians convenient ways of paying for your child’s school meals. ParentPay is a unique online service that allows parents / guardians to pay for school meals using a debit or credit card. For those who do not have access to the internet or who choose not to pay online, ParentPay has enabled a system of paying cash for school meals in local PayPoint stores via the issue of a PayPoint card.
The ParentPay service is free and offers you the freedom to make payments securely, whenever and wherever you like, with payments processed in seconds.
The cost of school meals is £2.50 per day or £12.50 per week. You may pay weekly for several weeks or for the entire half term or term.
The school operates a zero debt policy. The school is held responsible for all school meal debt.
Login to your ParentPay account here: https://www.parentpay.com/Parents/Login/
UNIVERSAL INFANT FREE SCHOOL MEALS
Since September 2014, every child in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 in state-funded schools receives a free school lunch. The government funds schools to provide every infant with a hot, nutritious meal at lunch time with the aim to improve academic attainment and save families money.
FREE SCHOOL MEALS
Free School Meals are awarded to children whose parents are in receipt of specific benefits. This is subject to periodic review requiring evidence of benefit received.
Please speak to the School Office in the first instance if you wish to make an application for Free School Meals.
As you are aware, all infant children (Reception to Year 2) are entitled to receive a free school meal. However, although these children automatically receive a free meal, we ask families who are in receipt of one of the qualifying benefits to complete an application to check if the school is entitled to receive the appropriate grant for your child. Pupil Premium is a grant provided by the government for every child who has the right to a free school meal. This year it is £1,320 per eligible pupil and the money is used to support individual pupils as well as the whole school community.
Children who do not wish to eat a meal provided by the school, may bring a packed lunch. Please provide your child with a suitable, clearly named, 'coolbag'.
The lunch should not contain sweets, chocolate or drinks. These are discouraged as part of our Healthy Schools Policy.
All children are offered water at lunchtime whether they have a school meal or a packed lunch.