Our School Meals
At Ladybarn Primary, we use Manchester Fayre to provide our school meal service. Cooked meals, including a vegetarian option and a Halal option, are prepared daily in our kitchen. The children are offered a choice of main courses and desserts. Salad and fruit are always available. Meals are eaten in the old school hall. Menus are prepared on a rolling four week basis.
The cost of a school meal is £2.30 per day. All children in Reception and Years 1 and 2 get a free school meal. We are happy to accept payment for the week, month, half term or term. School lunches are to be paid for by Parent Pay.
We require two weeks’ notice to change lunch arrangements.
Free School Meals
Free school meals are available to some children according to family income. It is important to register for entitlement to free school meals, even if your child has a packed lunch or is in Reception, Year 1 or Year 2. This is so we may receive additional funding (called the pupil premium) which we may use to help your child.
Children are entitled to Free School Meals if their parents, carers or guardians receive any of the following:
Income based job seekers allowance
Income related employment and support allowance
Guarantee pension credit
Child Tax Credit, but not Working Tax Credit, and an annual income lower than the limit set by the
Working Tax Credit Run On because you have ceased work or reduced your working hours to less than 16
A small carton of milk is given daily to all children in the nursery for free. We also provide free milk for the autumn term to children in the Reception classes. Milk for children in reception classes for spring and summer term is chargeable at £7 per term.
Milk may be purchased for those children in any other year groups. Milk may be bought in advance. It costs £21 for the entire school year, or £7 if paid each term.
Children who have milk usually drink it just before or after their morning playtime.
Alternatively children may bring a packed lunch which is eaten in the new hall. Packed lunches should be a a secure container. Water is available on all tables for children who choose a packed lunch.
Packed lunches should be healthy and filling. See below for our guidelines on what makes a healthy lunchbox.