School Meals- making the right choices...
School meals are cooked on the premises and there are always four choices of lunch, three of which are hot meals and one cold (school packed lunch) option. There is always at least two vegetarian choices. We also offer a jacket potato option each day.
An exemplar menu (Autumn 2018- Spring 2019) can be found at the bottom of this page.
School meals for all children in reception and KS1 are free.
'Packed lunch problems'
Please do consider school meals as your main option. Packed lunches can be very expensive and they are incredibly hard to keep healthy. If, despite these issues, insist on you child having a packed lunch, do look at the following website from the NHS that provides tips when creating a packed lunch:
The Free School Meals Team encourages all families (irrespective of their income status) to register their entitlement, for Universal Infant Free School Meals, online, which will assist the school in collating the information required.
For children in KS2 the cost of school meals for 2018/2019 is £2.50 per meal. Payment should always be made in advance and should be placed in a sealed and labelled envelope and ideally sent to school on a Monday morning. You may also pay using School Gateway - on the app on your smartphone or at www.schoolgateway.com - please speak to the office team if you need to register for this. Cheques should be made payable to Hertfordshire Catering Ltd.
Your child is eligible for free school meals and other concessions if you are in receipt of
- Income support
- Income-based jobseeker’s allowance
- Income-related Employment Support Allowance
- The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
- Child tax credit with a taxable income of no more than £16,190 and not in receipt of Working Tax Credit
- Working Tax Credit during the four-week period ‘run-on’ period
- Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- Universal credit
For more information, updates and applications, visit www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/freeschoolmeals or telephone 0300 123 4048. Mrs Chaplin, Mrs Cohen and Mrs Shipton in the school office are always happy to help with applications. Children who receive free school meals are also entitled to a free packed lunch for school trips.
Children may bring a packed lunch from home, at their parents’ discretion. Please note that Tudor is a NUT FREE school due to several pupils and staff members with nut allergies - please save nut based snacks and peanut butter sandwiches for at home! All meals, whether they are school provided or made at home are eaten with their classmates at tables - in the dining hall for Foundation Stage and KS1; in the school hall for KS2.
Lunch time begins at 12.15pm and ends at 1.15pm for the entire school, every day. Children who go home for lunch should return to school by 1.10pm in time for afternoon registration.
Milk is available to children free of charge until the term after their fifth birthday. KS1 & 2 children whose parents are in receipt of income support can also receive free milk. For those children in KS1 & 2 who are not entitled to free milk the charges vary from term to term but are approximately £15 per term. Drinking water is available for all children. Unless there is a medical reason why your child cannot drink milk or water we do not allow children to bring drinks to school except as part of their packed lunch. Please make cheques payable to Herts County Council.