The cost of a school meal is £2.30. We are happy to accept payment for the week, month, half term or term. Cheques (made payable to Eynsham Partnership Academy, or EPA for convenience) or cash should be placed in a sealed envelope clearly marked with the child’s name and class and handed into the class teacher or at the School Office. Payment must be made on a Monday for lunches taken in that week. Free school meals are available to some children according to family income. It’s important to register for entitlement to free school meals, even if your child has a packed lunch – this is so we can receive additional funding (called the pupil premium) which we can use to help your child.
Pupils whose parents/guardians are in receipt of particular support payments and meet certain criteria may be eligible to receive free school meals. The relevant support payments include:
Income Support (IS) or Employment Support Allowance (IR) (ESA(IR)) – proof of entitlement is in the form of a Job Centre plus letter or FF260 form or letter from the Department of Work & Pensions. ESA (C) is not eligible
Income Based Jobseekers Allowance (IBJSA) – proof of entitlement is in the form of a Job Centre plus letter.
Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 – proof of entitlement is in the form of a Home Office letter.
Child Tax Credit, provided that Working Tax Credit is not included, and that your ‘annual income for Tax Credit purposes’ does not exceed a threshold figure. – proof of entitlement is assessed by the ‘TC602 Award Notice’
The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit will be an additional qualifying ‘benefit’ – proof of entitlement is assessed by the ‘Pension Credit M1000 Award Notice’.
Should you feel you might qualify, please contact the School Office for an application form and return this with your proof of entitlement.
Should you be entitled to the free school meals scheme you should be aware that you have a legal duty to inform your school of any changes to your support payment. Re-application to the scheme will be required on a six monthly basis.
Alternatively, children may bring a packed lunch. This should be in a secure named container. A drink should be provided in a non-breakable container. Packed lunches are eaten in the main hall. We have a healthy eating policy, and do not allow fizzy drinks or sweets – instead, we encourage lots of fruit, vegetables and water. As some children suffer from allergic reactions to nuts, our school is a ‘nut free zone’ – please do not include items containing nuts in packed lunches (especially peanuts or peanut butter).