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Stowford School

Stowford School

School Lunches

We encourage all children to have a healthy and nutritional meal at lunchtime and a snack of fresh fruit during morning break.  We also encourage children to keep hydrated during the school day with water.  (Children may bring in a drinks bottle containing water for use in the classroom; water bottles with the school logo are available to purchase from the school office at the cost of £1). Hydration is important and so children may also bring squash or flavoured water as well as just water but NOT fizzy drinks or milk.

Research shows that children who have a nutritionally balanced meal (rather than one that has too much sugar and fat) are better able to concentrate in lessons. All meals prepared at a maintained school must comply with the government Standards for school food in England

School lunches cost £2.41 daily and meal bookings and payment

should be made in advance via ParentPay

Food Allergies: Please contact the school office to arrange to speak with the school cook regarding any food allergies or specific dietary requirements for your child.  Where applicable, please complete the Special Diet Registration Form (available to download below).

Packed Lunches

Many children bring a packed lunch from home.  We ask that packed lunches are prepared in accordance with healthy guidelines and do not contain sweets or chocolate bars. 

Please note that we are a nut-free school and children's packed lunches MUST NOT contain nuts or any nut products for important safety reasons.  Please click on the video link below to learn more about anaphylaxis and why it is so important to adhere to the nut-free policy: (Living With Anaphylaxis)


Free school meals

All children in Foundation, Year 1 and Year 2 at state schools in England automatically get free school meals - Universal Infant Free School Meals.

'Pupil Premium' free school meals:

Children in all year groups whose parents/carers  are in receipt of the support payments listed below are entitled to free school meals.  This entitlement provides additional funding for the school, known as 'Pupil Premium'.

Parents/carers in receipt of the following support payments will be entitled to receive free school meals:

  • Universal Credit (provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400, as assessed by earnings from up to three of your most recent assessment periods)
  • Income Support (IS)
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance (IBJSA)
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (IRESA)
  • The guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, that does not exceed £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on (the payment someone receives for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)

School children living on their own (16-19 year olds) who receive a qualifying benefit in their own right can also get free school meals.

Please Note that from 1 April 2018, all existing free school meals claimants will continue to receive free school meals whilst Universal Credit is rolled out. This will apply even if their earnings rise above the new threshold during that time. In addition, any child gaining eligibility for free school meals after 1 April 2018 will be protected against losing free school meals during the Universal Credit rollout period.

Once Universal Credit is fully rolled out, any existing claimants that no longer meet the eligibility criteria at that point (because they are earning above the threshold or are no longer a recipient of Universal Credit) will continue to receive free school meals until the end of their current phase of education (i.e. primary or secondary).

The Universal Credit rollout is currently expected to complete in March 2023.


How to apply

Through the Citizen Portal which is the quickest and easiest way to apply and will result in you getting an instant decision.

Parents and Carers can also ring the Education Helpline on 0345 155 1019

Please ask at the school office if you need any further help.