School Lunches

Hot School Meals
Like many schools across the country, we work with Caterlink to provide a hot meal option for pupils. Menus change every term to suit the season and offer fresh ingredients! At Andoversford, parents can book school meals for the term in advance - no need to worry each morning! The Menu is sent home with a form to complete to select your child's choices. We also use an online payment system - Parent Pay - which helps with the organisation!
 
Some parents prefer to send a packed lunch for pupils. We hold Healthy Schools status and encourage healthy eating at lunchtime. Chocolate bars, sweets and crisps should not be sent into school as part of a packed lunch. For a range of healthy lunchbox ideas why not take a look at the Good Food guidance? Click here for details. The NHS also have lots of advice about packed lunches - follow the link here!
Lunch Choices
 
Take a look at the menu for this term below! Please pre-order your child's lunch options using the form provided. If you need to make any changes please inform the school office before 9:30 on the day concerned.
Snacks: We encourage children to have a snack at breaktime to help maintain their energy levels. A piece of fruit or plain biscuit is ideal. All infant children receive a FREE piece of fruit or vegetable every day at snack time. For ideas about healthy snack choices take a look at the Change 4 Life guidance: www.nhs.uk/change4life
 
Milk: All under 5 children are entitled to free milk at school through a scheme called ‘Cool Milk at School’. To access this scheme, you need to register online at www.coolmilk.com  Whether or not your child likes milk, we suggest enrolling them in the scheme anyway as the role modelling of their peers will often encourage reluctant milk drinkers. When your child becomes 5 years old, they can still have milk but it is not free.
 
Other Drinks: Your child will have access to drinking water at all times. We will remind them to drink plenty of fluids after exercise and at regular slots throughout the day. 
Free School Meals Online Portal
 
Children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are entitled to Universal Free School Meals. If your child is in Year 3 and above, you may be entitled to apply for free school meals. This can save up to £437 per year! You can use the online portal to check to see if you are eligible.
Parents and Carers can now apply for Free School Meals online. In May 2016, Gloucestershire County Council's Access to Learning Team launched a new online portal that enables parents/carers to apply for Free School Meals across the county.

The portal is a quick, easy and more efficient method for parents/carers compared to the traditional paper based system. It should also make the process easier for schools as it will no longer be necessary for them to print, fax or scan paper forms as they have done in the past. For more information and to make an application visit www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/freeschoolmeals.
 
If you have any queries, regarding this or the process of applying, please contact the Free School Meals team who will be happy to help. Tel: 01452 425390 or email: pupilbenefits@gloucestershire.gov.uk