Sholden School has meals provided by Whole School Meals a local company who works with the vast majority of schools in the area. As we are a small school we do not have our own kitchen and as a result our dinners are cooked at another local primary school and then delivered to school for serving.
From September 2014 all Key Stage 1 children in Year R, 1 and 2 have been entitled to a Universal Free School Meal (UIFSM) part of a new initiative introduced by the coalition government. This means that if you have a child in Ducklings Class or Kingfishers Class they will be eligible for a free school dinner until Key Stage 2.
Key Stage 2 children will continue to pay for their meals at a of £2.30 per meal (WSM can increase the price but notice will be given). You can now pay electronically via the Parentmail App. *Unless you fill in this application, which will then tell you if your are entitled to FSM. We strongly suggest that you fill in this application before your child starts in Ducklings class, and continue to update this form with any change in your personal circumstances.
More information on how to pay and how the system make your life easier, please see:
You can find out more information about our school dinner provider Whole School Meals by clicking here: Whole School Meals
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, we are running a limited menu to enable schools to manage and monitor their dining arrangements.
Classes/Bubbles will have break times at staggered times during the day and will be allocated a zone to play in. Lunchtimes will be staggered.
- Children who are entitled to a Universal Free School Meal (UFSM) Year R,1 & 2, will eat their lunch in the hall in their Bubbles.
- Children in KS2 who are entitled to FSM will be able to have a hot meal although this will be eaten in the class room within their bubble. This will enable staff to clean thoroughly between sittings.
- All children in KS2 who are not entitled to FSM will need to bring a packed lunch to be eaten in the classroom.
Additionally, payment for school dinners can be made online by clicking on the icon below.
Alternatively packed lunches can be brought in from home. In the interest of health generally, children are allowed to eat fruit or vegetables at break time. All Key Stage 1 children receive free fruit. We also provide all of our pupils with water bottles for water throughout the day. For advice about healthy packed lunch boxes please click on the link : NHS Lighter Lunchboxes
*Important Information regarding School Dinners and Free School Meals
Universal Infant Free School Meals (UIFSM) and Free School Meals (FSM)
UIFSM = Universal infant free school meals (UIFSM) provides funding for all government funded schools to offer free school meals to pupils in reception, year 1, and year 2 only.
FSM= This is via application only and applies to ALL school years.
Please find below a few facts about this forthcoming initiative which you may find useful and which might answer some of your questions.
UIFSM are not the same as Free School Meals (FSM). Although using similar terminology can be very confusing!
FSM are for those children whose family may not have the financial means to pay for their meals- there are various criteria which need to be met and once they are the child will be entitled to Free School Meals regardless of their age.
From September if you think that you might meet the criteria for FSM then you will be able to apply on line and should be able to get an instant decision. Alternatively you can speak to Mrs Hogg in the office who is able to assist in this area.
Any child who is eligible for FSM also attracts additional funding (Pupil Premium)to help that child at school - £1300 from September 2014, so of course for schools and pupils it is really helpful that parents continue to apply for FSM.
If you do not apply for FSM, when your child moves to KS2 they will no longer get a free school meal as the new scheme of UIFSM only applies to Key Stage One– Years R, 1 and 2 and the school will miss out on extra funding.
Children already receiving FSM will be unaffected by this change to the meals.
From September 2014 all children in Year R, 1 and 2 are entitled to a free school meal (UIFSM) however this does not mean that these children have to have a school dinner they can still have a packed lunch.
Funding is on the basis of the number of children who take up the infant school meals on a specific day and it would really help us if on this day that we could encourage as many children as possible to have the meals. For example if 10 children have meals on this day we will get funding for 10, if later down the line 20 children decide they want it the school will have to find the funding from its main budget which will mean less money to spend on other areas! So it is really important that as many children as possible have the meals on this day.
At present this initiative will probably present us with a few logistical difficulties but nothing insurmountable! We are in the fortunate position that, although small, we can just about accommodate our children in the hall. It may well be that we are given an additional member of staff to help serve meals.
Whole School Meals will continue to provide the meals from Hornbeam Primary School
Information is coming out all of the time so when we find out anything new we will keep you posted.