At Brackenbury we believe that the best option for children at lunchtimes is to have the hot school dinner, provided through our partnership with Autograph Catering.
Most children at Brackenbury choose to have the school meal children are able to choose from a wide selection of meals including vegetarian, Halal and non-Halal.
All children in Reception, Y1 and Y2 are entitled to a government-funded school meal. For children in Y3, Y4, Y5 and Y6 the price of a meal is just £2.20. School dinners must be paid for in advance preferably by half term although you can pay weekly in advance.
Ways to Pay
Payment is through https://schoolgateway.co.uk/ Just register using the same email address and mobile number that you have provided to the school. You can then pay online by debit or credit card or by bank transfer. For easy access there is a School Gateway app for both Android and iPhone. For help using School Gateway please download Parents Guide to School Gateway
Free School Meals and additional funding
If you are in receipt of certain benefits you may be eligible for Free School Meals and you could save hundreds of pounds a year. The school also benefits, as we could receive up to £900 per year from the government for each child registered, which can be used for books, equipment or additional staff. If you think you are eligible for Free School Meals go to www.gov.uk/apply-free-school-meals Parents with children in Nursery, Reception, Yr1 and Yr2 may also apply for Free School Meals and the school could still receive the additional funding. You must inform the school office once it has been confirmed that you are eligible for Free School Meals otherwise you will be charged for the school meal and the school will not receive the additional funding for teaching and learning.
We believe that the hot school dinner is much better for the children’s learning and health. We recognise evidence that states:
- Children are better prepared for learning if they eat well
- Children make more progress if they have eaten the right nutritional lunch
- Only 1% of packed lunches provide the correct nutrition
- Eating hot dinners is an important social occasion and the children learn vital skills.
We work with Autograph Catering to provide all the nutrients that children require through the week.
Packed Lunches are allowed as well, with the following provisos:
- drinks are not brought in glass containers for safety reasons
- no fizzy drinks.
- no confectionery items are allowed
- no items containing nuts as other children within the school are allergic to contact with nuts.
Children are allowed to bring in some bread or fruit for break-times, but crisps, cakes and chocolate biscuits are not allowed.
All classes have access to drinking water for pupils’ use. Your child should bring a filled water bottle to school each day, to have available in the classroom when needed. Research has shown that this is beneficial to children’s health and concentration. This bottle must be clear with a sports top, contain only water and can be in addition to any fruit or flavoured drink to have with their lunch.