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​School Meals​​​

​Packed Lunches

St Benedict's are keen to promote healthy lunch box choices for families.

Please try to avoid foods such as:

  • salty snacks such as crisps.
  • confectionery such as chocolate bars, chocolate-coated cereal bars, processed fruit bars and sweets.
  • sugary soft drinks, such as squash and fizzy drinks.
  • Products containing nuts 

There is lots of advice on the internet with ideas for a healthy lunch. If you are unsure, take a look at these sites to get you started:

Due to nut allergies please DO NOT PROVIDE NUTS in your child’s lunch or snack, including peanut butter and chocolate spreads.

Free School Meals (Benefit related)

Some families (from any key stage) may also be entitled to a free school meal under the Pupil Premium funding scheme criteria, please see below.  Even if your child does not want a school meal, if you are eligible, it is important to apply for Pupil Premium funding as this funding may be used to support your family with the cost of your child's school trips or peripatetic music lessons.  Please contact the school office for an application form if you believe you may be eligible.

Entitlement to Pupil Premium is benefit related.  You may be eligible if you get any of the following:

  1. Income support
  2. Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
  3. Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  4. Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  5. The guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  6. Child Tax Credit (provided you're not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  7. Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  8. Universal Credit - if you apply on or after 1st April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get).

If your child is eligible they'll remain eligible until they finish the phase of schooling (primary or secondary).

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