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The school meal is priced at £2.20 per day.

School Meals Service

 

As part of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, Furze Platt Junior School is committed to providing highly nutritional school meals. Many of us have pre-conceived ideas about school meals, most of which are taken from our own experiences when we were young. Will we ever forget the spam fritters and pink custard (not together I might add!)? However, times have changed and the catering company selected by the borough are charged with this very challenging role. Cater Link are very strongly regulated not only by the borough but also by very stringent government guidelines.

 

It is our intention that school meals should not only be healthy but a fun way of bringing the children together, giving them the opportunity to sit with friends and chat about the day’s events. Learning to sit and eat correctly is an important part of the growing up experience. Your child may well have sampled the "school meal experience" at the Infant School. When your child comes to the Junior School there are some slight changes and I wanted to take this opportunity to clarify what arrangements are in place here at our school.

 

A copy of the Cater Link menu is available for all parents. A new one will be published seasonally and we will send a copy home with every child when it arrives. In order to be sure that every child understands what is on offer each day, we place a copy on the notice board in every class. The menus can be found on our website under 'School Meals'. When your child enters the class each morning they will be asked which option they would like for the day, usually at the time when the teacher is calling the register. Each option is colour coded and your child will need to pick up a coloured token relevant to the choice they have made. This means that this meal will be booked for your child. They will need to keep this token until lunchtime and when they enter the hall for lunch they simply put the token on their tray which indicates to the catering staff which meal your child would like on that day. They pay for their meal at the till first, collect their meal and simply place the token in the box. Please do not be worried about this process. The children adapt very quickly and very few tokens get lost. Please ensure that lunch money comes into school in a named purse or money belt. Purses are taken in by the teachers in the morning and locked away and then given to the children before lunchtime.

 

If you would like to sample the meals and see for yourself what is on offer, please do not hesitate to contact the school and we can arrange for you to join your child for lunch on a day of your choice. This is a process we have had in place for some time now and many parents have been very pleasantly surprised at the quality of the food served. Don’t forget we also have themed days – these have proved exceptionally popular with all the children so watch out for details as they arise. A copy of the menu and details about school meals can be found in the Parents Information Centre next to reception.

 

The responsibility of paying the catering contractor for school meals when children forget or lose their dinner money now lies with the school. If your child forgets to bring in their dinner money, please do not panic. We never refuse to serve a child in this instance. Your child will be given whatever amount is required in order to pay for his/her meal and ask that they return the same (in cash) the following day. We send out letters to parents if the "loan" is not returned to us and ask that the outstanding amount be repaid.

 

Those children who opt for a packed lunch will also join the children having school meals in the hall. We would expect a packed lunch to be of good nutritional value. Please do not give your child sweets, chocolate or fizzy drinks.

 

Free School Meals

 

Parents/Carers of children who are in receipt of one of the following support payments may be entitled to free school meals for their child.

  • Income Support (IS)
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance (IBJSA)
  • Support under part VI of the immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit, and have an annual income, as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, that does not exceed £16,040, providing they do not also receive Working Tax Credit
  • An income related support allowance (this benefit was introduced on 27 October 2008)
  • Children who receive Income Support of Income-based Job Seekers Allowance in their own right are also entitled to receive free school meals.

 

Entitlement to this service is dependent upon parents providing evidence of one of the above support payments and this would be required prior to your child’s first day in September. A copy of the FSM form can obtained from the school reception or simply downloaded from this site - just click on the link below:

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