At Worple our School Meals are cooked by Chartwells, a well-known catering company. There is a different menu each day with a variety of options to suit all dietary and religious requirements.
Meals must be ordered two weeks in advance as this is when the school needs to place the orders with Chartwells. Meals can be selected and paid for in advance through your ParentPay account.
All key stage one children (Reception – Year 2) are entitled to free school meals. Families receiving Income Support or Job seeker Allowance (Income-based) are also entitled to free school meals once the school is in receipt of the correct paperwork.
From September 2018, we are requesting that all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 have Universal Infant Free School Meals (UIFSM) in school each day. This will remove the Packed Lunch option from all infant aged pupils unless you have a particular reason for this. If you feel that your child will need to have a packed lunch, please speak to the school office.
There are many benefits for the children eating together in this way, as well as the financial savings for you at home. We have also noticed that when children have school meals together, it promotes positive interactions and can even encourage your child to try new foods.
We understand that some children suffer from food allergies and would need a special diet. Our current food provider, Chartwells, are happy to accommodate this and can provide alternative menus where necessary. If your child does have an allergy or food intolerance, please make sure that you notify the school immediately as they will then ask you to complete some forms which will then be passed to the kitchen staff.
Meals should be ordered online, in half termly or weekly chunks where possible, via the Parentpay site which can be accessed via your computer, iPad or Smartphone. If you require help with this, we will be happy to assist in the school office.
For our junior pupils, there is a choice of school lunches or packed lunch. These must also be ordered online in the same way, even if your child receives free school meals. If you do not order food for your child, they will be given a jacket potato for the day. if you pay for the lunches, this will be charged to your account at the end of the day.
Lunchtime Supervisors look after the children, supervising them in the dining hall and encouraging them to play happily and safely outside. The school has a large outdoor play structure and also provides small apparatus for play at lunchtimes.