School Meals (including free school meals)
School meals in Rutland primary schools consist of a hot two-course meal.
All menus are in line with the national nutritional standards (School Food Trust website).
Copies of menus are available to view in school.
Benefits of School Meals
The benefits of choosing a school meals are:
- They represent excellent value for money
- Your child will eat a meal they enjoy and try new foods they might not otherwise have eaten
- Your child will develop important social skills by eating with their friends
- Eating in a safe and supervised environment
- To save you time preparing a packed meal every day
More information about nutrition and school lunches (DirectGov website)
Free School Meals
Parents do not have to pay for school lunches if they receive any of the following:
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by HM Revenue & Customs) that does not exceed £16,190
- Working Tax Credit during the four-week period immediately after their employment finishes or after they start to work less than 16 hours per week
Young People who receive Income Support or income-based Job Seeker's Allowance in their own right qualify as well.
Application forms are available from your child's school.